The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna Zonal Office, has secured the conviction of Precious Bala Musa and Jeffson Arinze before Justice P.Mallong of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna for cybercrime-related offences.
Precious Bala Musa was arraigned March 11, 2021 on a three count charge that borders on internet fraud.
The defendant, was arrested in Keffi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State following information which linked him to series of fraudulent activities that border on false representation, identity theft and obtaining by deception.
He pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge against him.
At the resumed hearing on March 19, he pleaded guilty to an amended charge following a plea bargain. Consequently, counsel to the EFCC Jamil Musa urged the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
Justice Malong convicted and sentenced him to one year imprisonment with an option of Four Hundred Thousand Naira fine. The judge also ordered the convict to pay the sum of Five Hundred and Thirty-six Thousand Naira as restitution to the victim.
Similarly, Justice Mallong also convicted one Jeffson Arinze on one count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence and impersonation. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment with an option of N500, 000 fine.
Jeffson’s trouble began when he was arrested in Faringada, Jos, Plateau State over love scam.
He allegedly defrauded one Jean Morgan a female U.S Citizen of the sum $800 USD in Bitcoin, while posing as Edward Carson, based in Kingman, Arizona, USA.
He was arraigned on Thursday March 18, 2021 and pleaded guilty to the one count charge, prompting Jamil Musa, counsel to the EFCC to ask the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
Justice Mallong, convicted and sentenced him to two years imprisonment with an option of Five Hundred Thousand Naira fine, to be paid to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The Judge, further ordered the convict to pay the sum of $600 USD as restitution to the victim.
The $600USD shall handed over to the EFCC for onward delivery to the victim (Jean Morgan) through the United States Embassy, Abuja.