Joseph Oyeniran, a Nigerian mentioned by the US Federal Bureau of Intelligence(FBI) as one of the internet fraudsters on its suspect list has been sentenced to one year imprisonment for cheating and impersonation by Kwara State High Court in Ilorin.
According to Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar who sentenced the convict, he said that pieces of evidence presented before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) were overwhelming and uncontroverted.
The judge held that the testimonies of the prosecution witness, the pleas of the defendant and documents presented were convincing enough to conclude that the prosecution had proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
“The convict is hereby sentenced to one-year imprisonment, while his one plot of land located at Wara, behind Ilorin West Local Government Secretariat and the sum of N800, 000 recovered from him should be forfeited to the Federal Government, ” the Judge declared.
EFCC had arraigned the convict on the five-count charge to which he had pleaded not guilty, but however later approached the EFCC for a plea bargain agreement.
Count one of the amended charge read ” That you, Joseph Oyediran (alias Joe MG Graves) between April 2015 and June 2015, in Ilorin cheated by impersonation.
“Oyediran pretended to be one Joe MG, a white male with Gmail account; email@example.com, and fraudulently deceived one Andrea Smith, an American citizen, to send N2,392,105 after making her believe that you were in love with her.”
Reviewing the facts of the case, Olamide Sadiq, head of Advance Fee Fraud Section of the commission told the court that on July 24, they received a petition from the FBI against the defendant.
“FBI alleged that Oyediran was involved in business email compromise, romance scam and other fraud-related offences Sadiq said that based on investigations, Oyediran was arrested and later confessed to the crime”.