The defendant, a graduate pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
Ekuma-Ezeogo Fabian Tochukwu
A Nigerian fraudster has been convicted by the Kaduna State High Court after he was arrested and arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Kaduna state.
The conviction and sentencing of Ekuma-Ezeogo Fabian Tochukwu was pronounced by Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court, for criminal misappropriation.
Trouble started for the defendant, according to a statement from EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, when he created a fake Facebook account using the name, Ogboi Ijeoma to defraud victims and lured one Duniya Precious Theophilu and her friends into investing N170, 000.00 in an online Ponzi investment scheme called Jian Investment
After the payments, the defendant blocked the complainant from further communication.
The amended charge reads: ”That you, Ekuma-Ezeogo Fabian Tochukwu, “M” sometimes between the months of May and June, 2020, in Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, dishonestly misappropriated the sum of N170,000.00(One Hundred and Seventy Thousand Naira) only paid to you by one Duniya Precious Theophilus for Jian Investment, which you promised to give Hundred Percent interest of money paid to you as return on investment, a pretence you knew to be false, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 293 of the Penal Code of Law of Kaduna State, 2017 and punishable under Section 294 of the same Law”.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
Upon his guilty plea, the prosecution counsel, Matiyak Yoshiya and the defense counsel Eli Mutum asked the court to enter the plea bargain agreement as the judgment of the court.
Justice Khobo, thereafter convicted and sentenced the defendant to ten (10) years imprisonment with option of N100, 000 fine.
The defendant had restituted the sum of N170, 000, being proceeds of the crime, to the complainant.