Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offence court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Wednesday, March 30, convicted and sentenced an internet fraudster, also known as “Yahoo Boy”, Etegene Japheth, to six months imprisonment.
This followed his prosecution by the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
A statement made available to SWITCH NIGERIA, by the Spokesman of the EFCC. Wilson Uwujaren on Thursday, March 31st, said Japheth with the nickname Tom Cruise, was arraigned on a one count amended charge bordering on possession of documents containing false pretence.
According to the statement, the charge reads: “Etegene Japheth (aka Mr. Tim Graw and Tom Cruise), on or about the 16th day of February 2022 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your possession several documents containing false pretences, one of which is a record of your conversation with several unsuspecting victims via your email address email@example.com, wherein you represented yourself as Mr. Tim Graw and Tom Cruise in order to obtain gift cards and money from them, a representation you knew was false.”
Tom Cruise is an American actor and producer.
The convict pleaded “guilty” to the charge when it was read to him.
In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Blessing John, reviewed the facts of the case and tendered in evidence the statement of the defendant as well as the bundle of fraudulent documents printed out from the iPhone 12 recovered from him.
The prosecution counsel also prayed that he be convicted and sentenced accordingly.
Justice Taiwo admitted them in evidence as exhibits A and B, and pronounced him guilty as charged.
He was, thereafter, sentenced to six months imprisonment, with an option of N200,000 fine
The convict was ordered to also forfeit all items recovered from him to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
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