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$2.5m scam: Varsity graduate bags 12-year jail term

10.11.2009

A graduate of Chemical Engineering from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Nwanya Odichukwu, has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by a federal high court in Enugu over offences relating to fraud and internet scam.

Operatives from the Enugu zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had, on August 20, 2009, arrested Odichukwu at Logon Nigeria Multi Media Cybercafé located at Chime Avenue, New Haven, Enugu, during a raid. He was caught in the act sending scam mails.

Investigation shows that Odichukwu was soliciting information regarding details of unsuspecting victims’ financial status. A thorough search on him and his residence led to the recovery of a parcel containing an international cashier valued at $2 million, a Central Bank of Nigeria draft valued at $500,000 in the name of one Mr. B.R. Butler , a United Kingdom International Passport bearing the name of one Jackson Phillips Dennis as well as scanned U.S dollars documents.

The suspect was subsequently arraigned on a six-count charge for committing offences contrary to Section 5 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act No. 14 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

Delivering his ruling on the matter, penultimate Friday, a copy of which was obtained, on Monday, Justice Abdu Kafarati sentenced Odichukwu to two years imprisonment on each count charge , bringing the total number of jail term to 12 years. The prison term is, however, to run concurrently.

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November 10, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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