Court Jails Man over $26,520 Internet Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office on Monday, April 15, 2019 secured the conviction of one Nwakanma Charles Chukwudi before Justice I.N Buba of the Federal High Court, sitting in Enugu, the Enugu State capital on one-count charge bordering on internet fraud to the tune of $26, 520 dollars (Twenty Six Thousand, Five Hundred and Twenty United States Dollars)
The convict who had defrauded a Canadian woman, named Donnalynn of the said sum, pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him by the anti-graft agency.
Investigation into the allegation revealed that he had been perpetrating high level internet fraud while living a flamboyant lifestyle that is not in tandem with his means of livelihood.
Upon his arrest, 29 contacts on his Yahoo mail were found to be used for the committing of internet fraud.
Investigation further uncovered how the convict impersonated a British national named Barry Bernard, who lived and worked in Manchester, United Kingdom.
The presiding Judge, Justice Buba after reviewing the charge against the convict, found him guilty as charged, convicted and sentenced him to one month imprisonment starting from April 8, 2019, which is the date of his arrest.
The charge against him read: “That you, Nwakanma Charles Chukwudi on or about the 10th day of June, 2014 in Enugu, Enugu State, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, with intent to defraud, franked an electronic message, to wit document dated 28th day of November, 2013 titled ‘MONEYGRAM’ and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 14(1) (3) cybercrime (prohibition prevention, etc) Act, 2015”.