Three suspected internet fraudsters (aka Yahoo yahoo) facing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Office have pleaded guilty.
They admitted their guilt on Thursday before Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin.
The defendants, Olopade Oladimeji Solomon, Atanda Femi Benjamin and Atoyebi Samson, are being prosecuted on separate criminal charges.
The charges read:
“That you, Atanda Femi Benjamin ( alias Federer Abril), sometime in December, 2018, at ilorin, within the judicial division of the Kwara State High Court, did attempt to cheat by impersonation, when you pretended to be one Federer Abril to a white Caucasin via email@example.com and in that guise communicated with one Linda Richardson vide hangout with Linda Richardson, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable Section 324 of the same Penal Code.”
“That you, Atoyebi Samson (a.k.a William Grover), sometime in July, 2019, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did cheat by impersonation when you pretended to be one William Grover, a white female with firstname.lastname@example.org, and fraudulently deceived Charles Wood an American citizen, to send $500.00 worth of gift card after you made him believe you were a girl in love with him and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal Code”
Following their plea, prosecuting counsels, Sesan Ola and Andrew Akoja, urged the court to convict them accordingly.
Justice Akinpelu fixed March 17, 2020 for judgement and ordered that the defendants be remanded in the custody of the EFCC.
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