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Nigerian Man Sentenced To Three Months Imprisonment For Romance Scam

Posted by Amarachi on Wed 17th Mar, 2021 -

The suspect was convicted for representing himself as a woman to defraud an American man whom he claimed to be deeply in love with.


Ajibola Hammed

A man identified as Ajibola Hammed has been sentenced to three months in jail by Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Monday, March 15.

According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) he was convicted after he pleaded guilty to an amended charge bordering on impersonation, contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention, Etc.) Act 2015 and Punishable under the same Act.

The defendant, in a classic love scam, represented himself as Jessica Mercy, a white woman, to one Juan Angle, an American man with whom he claimed to be deeply in love, the agency said.

He pleaded guilty to the charge, having entered a plea agreement with the EFCC, culminating in the amendment of his charge.

In view of his plea, Justice Ajoku convicted and sentenced him to three months in prison. The court also ordered him to forfeit one Vivo 1906 phone to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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