By Dare Ojelade
It was justice served on Tuesday, 28 January, 2020, when a mother and her son were each sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for involvement in Internet fraud popularly called Yahoo Yahoo.
The Gazelle News.com can report that the woman, Alaba Kareem Adeyeri; and her son, Damilola Ahmed Adeyeri; both pleaded guilty to four-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence when their case came up at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos.
They were arraigned by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for falsely obtaining money under pretence to the tune of N29,725,200 or $82,570.
The Gazelle News.com can report that the convicts were arrested following a petition from the Federal Bureau of Investigation against Damilola Adeyeri and others now at large on an alleged case of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretence, money laundering and computer-related fraud.
Armed with the petition, the operatives of the Commission immediately swung into action and upon investigations found out that his mother was an accomplice in the crime, this medium learnt.
Idi Musa, an investigator with the EFCC, while being led in evidence narrated to the court that sometime in April 2019, that the Commission received a petition from the FBI, alleging that the official email address of American Cranes Manufacturing company was hacked and as a result the sum of $82, 570. 00 or N29,725,200 was stolen by the fraudsters.
He told the court that the petitioner reported that there was a syndicate of fraudsters who defrauded many companies through business mail compromise and obtained millions of dollars from American citizens.
Idi further revealed that Damilola was arrested on September 6, 2019, after which his mother was apprehended when she went to withdraw money from the bank upon hearing that EFCC was investigating her son adding that she purchased properties in the name of her son with the money made from the fraud.
He also told the court that the sums stolen by the convicts were used to acquire properties in choice areas of Lagos, and some cash were found in their accounts.
After the charges were read to the convicts, they pleaded guilty to the four-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences.
In view of their guilty plea, and subsequent analysis of the documentary evidence before the court, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke found the duo guilty on all counts and sentenced them to three years imprisonment on each count, which is to run concurrently.
Justice Aneke further ordered that all the properties and monies recovered from the convicts be forfeited to the Federal Government and upon applications by the victims, restitution be made to them
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