A Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Monday sentenced a beautician, Williams Kingsley, to four months in prison for internet fraud.
The judge, Maurine Onyetenu, did not give the convicted person the option of a fine, according to a statement on Monday from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that processed the case.
The Uyo Zonal Command of the EFCC prosecuted Mr. Kingsley on a single charge of possession of fraudulent documents.
The charge reads: “That you, Kingsley Williams “M” at times in 2022, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, were in possession of documents containing false pretenses and, therefore, committed an offense contrary to Section 6 Fraud of advance payment and other fraud related crimes. Law of 2006 and punishable under article 1 (3) of the same Law”.
Kingsley pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
EFCC lawyer Enobong Ubokudom reviewed the facts of the case and handed over the defendant’s confessional statements, his laptop and the fraudulent documents, which were admitted into evidence and marked as exhibits A, B, C and D.
Mr. Ubokudom urged the court to convict Mr. Kingsley of the charges.
Defense attorney Francis Ezike told the court that his client was a “first-time offender.” He begged the court to temper justice with mercy and give him a lesser sentence.
Judge Onyetenu sentenced Mr. Kingsley to four months’ imprisonment.
The sentence runs from the date of arrest. The court further ordered that the laptop, used to commit the crime, be forfeited to the federal government.
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Mr. Kingsley’s journey to jail began on November 4, 2022 when he was arrested by EFCC officers, following intelligence about his criminal activities online.
EFCC investigations revealed that the convict specialized in employment scams. His modus operandi includes luring his victims with job opportunities that never existed and tricking them into paying for fraudulent work tools for the bogus jobs.
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