Rivers: Three notorious internet fraudsters land in Jail

Rivers: Three notorious internet fraudsters land in Jail
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In a disappointing turn of events, Justice P.I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has handed down a conviction and sentence to three notorious internet fraudsters.Rivers: Three notorious internet fraudsters land in Jail

Gospel Asawari, Asuquo Daniel Bright, and Chile Mark Chioma have been found guilty of impersonation and obtaining money through false pretense, a violation of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.

The court, acting on charges brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) – Port Harcourt Zonal Command, delivered the verdict on Thursday, July 20, 2023.

Having pleaded “guilty” to the separate one count charges, the defendants faced prosecution counsel, K. A. Yunus, A. J. Obagie, and A. Abubakar, who urged the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.

On the other hand, counsel to the defendants, G. N. Chukwu, B. F. Esaenwi, and E. S. Aluzu, appealed for mercy.

Ultimately, Justice Ajoku sentenced each defendant to one year of imprisonment, with the option of paying Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000.00) as a fine to the Consolidated Revenue Account of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of several items recovered from the fraudsters, including one Infinix Smart 6 plus, one black iPhone XR, one iPhone 13 Pro Max, and the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($150.00USD), along with one iPhone 8 mobile device to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

To add to their punishment, the convicts must depose an affidavit of good behavior.

The arrest of Asawari, Bright, and Chioma took place during a sting operation at Rivtaf Golf Estate, Port Harcourt, Rivers State in June 2023.Rivers: Three notorious internet fraudsters land in Jail

Investigation into their activities revealed the operation of multiple fake social media accounts primarily used to defraud unsuspecting foreigners.

This verdict sends a strong message against cybercrime but also highlights the need for continued vigilance in combating such criminal activities in the digital age.

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