Court Sends Internet Fraudster to Jail for Impersonation
Justice S. I. Mark of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced an internet fraudster, Mba Chimuanya Fredrick to two years in prison for impersonation contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (ii) of the Cyber Crime (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015.
He was jailed on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, after pleading “guilty” to a one count charge preferred against him by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the EFCC.
Sometime in 2022, Fredrick fraudulently impersonated one Kerry James, an American citizen in your Gmail and Telegram accounts with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (ii) of the Cyber Crime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015, and punishable under section 22 (2) (b) (iv) of the same Act.
Justice Mark convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years with One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000) as an option of fine payable into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The judge also ordered that one white iPhone X Max, one iPhone 13 Pro Max and one Redmi note 9 recovered from the convict be forfeited to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The convict is also to depose an affidavit of good behaviour before the court.