Justice S.B Belgore of the High Court of the FCT sitting in Bwari, Abuja today, June 27, 2022, convicted and sentenced one Augustine Ogar and Eze Samuel to one year imprisonment for internet fraud.
They were prosecuted on a one count charge each by the Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Ogar’s charge reads: “that you, Augustine Ogar sometime in 2020 within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court by deceiving while pretending to be a medical doctor, Thomas White from USA through the means of Facebook and Hangout account created with email@example.com cheated by inducing one Karen Gilbert from America to deliver to you the sum of N515,000 (Five Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Naira only)in the guise of assisting her in getting drugs for her ailment, a fact which you knew to be false and that you thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 320 (b) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Act, Laws of the Federation (Abuja),1990”.
Eze on his part, was arraigned for attempting to cheat unsuspecting victims while pretending to be in romantic relationships with them.
They both pleaded guilty to the charges
Following their guilty pleas, Justice Belgore convicted and sentenced both to one year jail term. The court however gave Ogar the option of a fine of N150,000(One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only), and Eze, N50,000(Fifty Thousand Naira only).
Ogar will in addition forfeit his laptop and mobile phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.