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Two internet fraudsters sentenced to jail in Benin

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

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:

That you Destiny Efewengbe known as William on the 7th day of May 2021 at Ugbor Area, Benin state, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did with intent to defraud falsely represented yourself as one William Scot (a white man ) and sent scam messages to one Yaun through your iPhone 11 pro-Max with IMEI No: 353926104836894 with intent to obtain money from her and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 48, Laws of Edo state 1976 and punishable under the same Law

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).

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