The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, November 4, 2021 secured the conviction of Muhammed Kabir before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna on a one count amended charge of cheating by impersonation.
The defendant who was arrested in the Barnawa area for alleged internet related fraud activities, presented himself on a Gay website as a US citizen and used the fake profile to induce unsuspecting victims to confer benefits on him. Before he was nabbed, he had obtained the sum of $1,150 USD from his victims.
He received the said monies through his bitpay application from where the same was converted to bitcoin and, later , into Naira.
The one count amended charge reads: “That you, Muhammed Kabir (aka Rebecca) on or about the 9th of September, 2021 at Barnawa, Kaduna State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one REBECCA (a white woman) via your Email Account, email@example.com
The defendant, pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
Justice Khobo convicted and sentenced the defendant to six months imprisonment without an option of fine. He also forfeits to the Federal Government of Nigeria, an iPhone 12 and a Peugeot 307 car.