By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
A graduate of Economics from a public university in Southwest Nigeria (name withheld), Fredrick Shuaibu, was on Wednesday sentenced to four months imprisonment for impersonation.
He was convicted by Justice Watilat Ibrahim of the Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital in a one-count charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office.
According to the case file, Fredrick used the computer and internet network system to fraudulently impersonate one Kristen Polochak, a white female, via the email address KristenPolochak@gmail.com, using same to dupe one Jim Fletcher of a sum of $1000 USD.
The offence, according to the charge sheet was contrary to Section 22 (3) (b) and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015.
Fredrick had earlier pleaded not guilty to a five-count charge originally filed against him on December 10, 2018. But the charges were dropped and replaced with an amended one count-charge when he opted for a plea bargain. He pleaded guilty to the new charge.
Due to the guilty plea, Mabas Mabur, EFCC’s counsel, urged the court to convict him.
After considering the terms of the plea bargain, the presiding judge convicted and sentenced Fredrick to four months imprisonment with effect from the day of his arrest.
Before his arrest, the convict was said to be awaiting for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) mobilisation for the mandatory one-year national youth service.
The court has ordered that he refunds to the victim the sum of $1000.
He was also to forfeit to the Federal Government his Hp Laptop, one Macbook, One iphone 6 Mobile Phone, One Power Bank and three MTN Sim Cards, being part of the benefits he derived from his fraudulent acts.