The Suspect, Okoro Joseph
A final-year student of the Institute of Management Technology, Enugu, identified as Okoro Joseph has been sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment by a Federal High Court in Enugu over $15,000 fraud.
Joseph was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before Justice Dugbo Oghoghorie on five counts bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences.
He pleaded guilty to the charges.
According to the EFCC, Joseph impersonated Donald Woods and Kennedy Lordan and used pictures of white men to create fraudulent profiles on Hangout and Instagram, which he used to defraud an American woman, Lisa Spitler, of the said sum.
Following his plea, the prosecution counsel, Henry Anasoh, urged the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
Justice Oghoghorie sentenced Joseph to eight months’ imprisonment and ordered him to restitute the sum of $15,000 to his victim, through the EFCC.