*another bags one year imprisonment over criminal impersonation
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
An Oyo State High Court on Wednesday sentenced a suspected frauster identified as Bolaji Salami to prison for fraud of obtaining various gift cards, worth the sum of USD$150.
Bolaji Salami was arraigned before Justice Sherifat Adeyemi of the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on amended one-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence, contrary to Section 419 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State 2000.
Arraigning Bolaji, EFCC in its charge stated “that you Bolaji Salami sometime in March, 2020, at Ibadan, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, obtained various gift cards, worth the sum of USD$150 (One Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars) from one Smith Johnson, a white male American citizen, when you falsely represented to him that you are a white female American by name Angelina James, that you are in love with him and wanted to marry him, which representations you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence.”
Bolaji pleaded guilty to the offence following which the judge pronounced him guilty as charged and sentenced him to six months imprisonment with effect from his June 30, 2020 date of arrest.
In addition to his prison term, he would restitute his victim, the sum of $150 USD (One Hundred and Fifty United States of American Dollars) and forfeit his iPhone X Max, Itel mobile phones and HP laptop computer to the federal government.
Similarly, Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, on the same day (Wednesday,) sentenced Olanrewaju Isaac Olatunji (a.k.a. Mia Cruz) to one year imprisonment for fraud.
He was prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission on amended one-count charge of criminal impersonation.
His charge read: “that you Olanrewaju Isaac Olatunji (a.k.a. Mia Cruz) sometime in May 2019 at Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud, knowingly impersonated one Mia Cruz, a white female, when you falsely represented yourself to Abigail Mccaroll, in order to gain advantage for yourself, contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (ii) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the same Act.”
He pleaded guilty to the charge upon which prosecution counsel, Mabas Mabur asked the court to sentence and convict him accordingly.
The judge sentenced him to one year imprisonment with effect from February 13, 2020, day of his arrest. His is also to restitute the sum of $1600 (One Thousand Six Hundred United States Dollars) to his victim through the EFCC, and forfeit his Honda Crosstour and other items recovered from him to the federal government.