One Arowosegbe Feranmi, who claimed to be a native of Offa in Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State, was on Thursday, convicted and sentenced to one jail term by Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin.
Feranmi was convicted for posing as a white female, resident in United States of America in other to defraud unsuspecting victims.
The convict was prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before the court on a two counts charge.
He pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to him.
One of the charges reads: ‘’That you AROWOSEGBE FERANMI (ALIAS BETTY JOE) sometime in August 2021, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did cheat by personation, when you pretended to be Betty Joe, a white female, resident in United States of America, with Gmail Account firstname.lastname@example.org and induced one Joluko, a German Citizen, to send €370 (Three Hundred Euros) to you Via Gift Card and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the Penal Code.’’
Following his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Rashidat Alao, urged the court to consider the plea of guilt entered by the defendant, his extra-judicial statements and the uncontroverted testimonies of the sole prosecution witness to convict him in line with the plea bargain agreements and the provisions of the law.
Justice Abdulgafar in his judgment said that, “the court has found merit in the case brought by the prosecution”. The judge convicted and sentenced Arowosegbe to six months imprisonment on each of the two counts to run concurrently at Mandala Correctional Centre, which should be suspended.
According to the judge, “the convict is to forfeit the iPhone 11 used to perpetrate the crime and the sum of N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira), which he benefited from the crime to the Federal Government.