Fake online marketer jailed for internet fraud

A Federal High Court in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, led by Justice H.J.O Oshomah, has sentenced one, Chijioke Ahamefula, to three months imprisonment, for participating in internet fraud, and obtaining money via some fake online marketing deals

The suspect was uncovered by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) zonal office in Port-Harcourt, on Friday, which bordered on a two count charge, for conspiracy and retaining proceeds of crime which is contrary to section 17(a) of the Money laundering (prohibition) Act 2011 as amended and punishable section 17 (b) under the same Act.

“That you CHIJIOKE AHAMEFULA, sometime in November 2018, at Port-Harcourt within the Port-Harcourt judicial division of the High Court, retained the proceeds of a crime (20,000 naira) one behalf of Hope Ibalafa, knowing him to be engaged in criminal conduct and thereby commited an offence contrary to section 17(a) of the money laundering (prohibition) Act 2011, as amended and punishable under section 17(b) of the same Act”, one of the counts read.

Ahamefula (the accused), pleaded guilty to the two count charges leveled against him by the anti-graft agency, based on a plea bargain arrangement.

The Prosecuting counsel, Samuel Chime, and defence counsel,  Igoni Goodfather agreed to the plea bargain arrangement.

Justice Oshomah, then sentenced him to two months imprisonment for the first count charge, and three months imprisonment for the second count charge, both to run concurrently.

The journey to prison, for Ahamefula began when he portrayed himself as a online trader on Facebook who specialises in clothing, with the name, Eve collection, with the motive of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.

Ahamefula, was a syndicate who specialises in advertising fake products, especially women wears, according to the report by the EFCC.

He carried out this fraudulent act, by chatting with unsuspecting victims via facebook, he also offered them his payment details for the payment of the fake products.

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