Noah Omoregbe (a.k.a. Frank Mark) and Destiny Efewengbe (a.k.a. William Scot) have been sentenced to jail for internet fraud on Wednesday before Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court in Benin City, Edo State.
The perpetrators were charged with the offense of personation and intent to defraud, which is punishable under section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 48 Laws of the former Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable in Edo State) 1976.
The charge against Efewengbe reads:
Ibrahim Mohammed, the prosecution’s lawyer, asked the judge to convict and sentence the offenders based on their pleas.
Pascal Ugbome, the defense lawyer, urged the court to temper justice with mercy and honor the plea agreement established between his clients and the prosecution.
In his judgment, Justice Ikponmwonba sentenced Omoregbe to two years in prison with an option of fine of two hundred thousand naira ( N 200,000), while Efewengbe ( a.k.a. William Scott ) was sentenced to six months in prison and a fine of two hundred thousand naira ( N 200,000).