An internet fraudster identified as Charles Iwu has been handed a 3-year jail sentence after being arraigned before Justice J.Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt.
The suspect who will also be forfeiting proceeds of his crime to the federal government was given a N400,000 option of fine.
The charge against him read “That you Charles Iwu (Alias Ana Tong, TrinH Ho and Tony LY) sometime between 2018 and June 2019 in Warri Delta State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did fraudulently impersonate on your Facebook account the identity of one Ana Tong, an American and sent documents to unsuspecting ladies through the internet which documents you claim emanated from the said Ana Tong with the intent to obtain money from the ladies and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime ( Prohibition Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 22(2)(b)(IV) of the same Act.”
Charles reportedly assumed a false identity of 'Ana Tong' an American citizen on Facebook, through which he sent documents to unsuspecting ladies with the intent of defrauding them.
He was sentenced in accordance with the plea bargain agreement his counsel Lezina Amegua entered with the prosecution.