Court jails siblings for internet fraud
15 May 2017 National
Two siblings, a male and female, have been sentenced to two years in prison each for Internet fraud in Warri, Delta.
In a statement on Monday, spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, identified the duo as Chukwudi Ugwueke a.k.a James Scott and Sophia Ugwueke.
Uwujaren said they were sentenced by Justice E. A .Obile of the Federal High Court, Warri, but were given an option of N400,000 fine each.
EFCC operatives arrested the convicts at their residence in Sapele, Delta, in January based on intelligence on their illegal activities bordering on defrauding foreigners through Internet scams.
They were first arraigned on Feb. 1 on a 13-count, but pleaded not guilty, according to the EFCC spokesman.
However, when the case came up for hearing on May 11, they pleaded guilty to an amended one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents with intent to defraud one Lisa Marie Nors, an American.
After reviewing the evidence tendered by the prosecution counsel, M. T. Iko, Justice Obile found the duo guilty and convicted them accordingly, Uwujaren said.