The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has achieved a significant victory in its fight against cybercrime as it secured the conviction of three internet fraudsters in Enugu. Anyanwu Prince Uzoma, Okume Clinton Chukwuemeka, and Jude Onyekachi were first arraigned on September 29, 2023, before Justice Nnadi O. Dimgba of the Federal High Court in Awka, Anambra State.
The charges against the three individuals revolved around impersonation and an attempt to obtain money by false pretenses. They were accused of impersonating others, particularly individuals from foreign countries, in an attempt to defraud unsuspecting victims.
All three of the accused individuals pleaded guilty to their respective charges. In response, Justice Dimgba convicted them and sentenced them to one year in prison. The judge also provided an option of a fine of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000) for each convict.
Additionally, Justice Dimgba ruled that all the items recovered from the fraudsters be forfeited to the Federal Government.
This successful conviction serves as a reminder that cybercrime does not go unpunished, and law enforcement agencies are actively working to protect individuals from online fraud. It also underscores the importance of vigilance and caution when interacting online to avoid falling victim to scams and fraudulent activities.
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