A student, Oluwatoyin Henry has been sentenced to a six-month jail term for obtaining money through false pretence of being a female American, and being in love with his target.
The conviction was secured by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibadan Zonal Office, on Monday, February 22, 2021, before Justice Sherifat Adeyemi of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan.
In a statement issued by EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, Henry had been accused of obtaining $1,200 from one Betty Mosley, while pretending to be a citizen of the United States of America.
The charge had read: “That you Oluwatoyin Henry, sometimes in 2019, in Ogbomoso, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of One Thousand Two Hundred United States of America Dollars (USD$1,200) from one Betty Mosley, when you falsely represented to him that you are a citizen of United States of America by name Amanda, who is in love with him, which representations you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence.”
Henry, who claimed to be a student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, had pleaded guilty to the amended charge after a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution.
“Based on his plea, he was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison.
“He was also ordered to restitute the sum of $1,200 USD (One Thousand Two Hundred United States of American Dollars) to his victim, and forfeit his iPhone 11, one Infinix Hot 5 and a Nokia phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria,” Uwujaren stated.