Son, mother, girlfriend Sentenced to jail for internet fraud

Justice F. A. Olubanjo of the Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State on Thursday July 22, convicted and sentenced Gift Kenneth, Dora Animam and Spice Chimzi Dandy Igwe to prison for internet-related fraud.Kenneth, his biological mother, Animam and girlfriend, Igwe were arraigned on one count each by the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for offences bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences.They were said to have conspired to defraud an American lady, Lucinda Ann Garnes Henrichson of an aggregate sum of $902,935.

Upon arraignment, they all pleaded guilty to the charge.In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, Francis. A. Jirbo prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly.Justice Olubanjo convicted and sentenced both Gift Kenneth and his mother, Dora Animam to five years imprisonment or a fine of N3 million while Spice Chimzi Dandy Igwe was sentenced to two years imprisonment or a fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira.The Court also ordered all items recovered during investigation which included Mercedes Benz CL250, Mercedes Benz 300, iPhone I1 Promax, iPhone XX Max, Apple Macbook Pro, 2 Apple Macbook, N4 million found in his account, Twin 4 bedroom uncompleted duplex in Asaba, the cash sum of N4 million found on him and $4,255 recovered from his contractor, forfeited and restituted to the victim through the American Embassy.

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