Court jails two for Internet fraud

Justice A. T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has sentenced two men, Gerald Uwuoma and Promise Amadi, to two years’ imprisonment for Internet fraud.

The convicts were arraigned on separate charges bordering on impersonation and Internet fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

According to the EFCC, Uwuoma, aka Charlie Clifford Jimmy, was arrested on the Emenike Estate, New Owerri, Imo State, when the agency acted on verified intelligence linking him to some Internet-related fraudulent activities.

The EFCC, in a statement on Tuesday, said Amadi was arrested after being linked with the impersonation of an American, Hector. A. Ramirez, in several Internet-related dealings.

The statement added that investigation showed that Amadi presented himself to his victims as an entrepreneur, real estate sales expert and financial adviser at the World Trade Centre in the United States of America.

Following the guilty plea of the duo, the EFCC counsel, F. O. Amama, urged the court to convict them.

Justice Mohammed sentenced Uwuoma to two years’ imprisonment with an option of fine of N500,000 and ordered that his devices, a Samsung A50 with the SIM card, two USB flash drives, one black power bank and one HP Elite AH laptop used in committing the offence be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The judge also sentenced Amadi to one year imprisonment on each of the two counts with an option of a fine of N200,000, adding that the sentence would run concurrently.

Justice Mohammed ordered that the Samsung Galaxy S8+ recovered from him be forfeited to the Federal Government.

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Uwuoma’s charge read, “That you, Gerald Uwuoma, aka Charlie Clifford Jimmy, sometime in 2020 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did fraudulently impersonate one Charlie Clifford Jimmy, a computer engineer attached to the United States of America Army with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (i) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) (IV) of the same Act.”

One of Amadi’s charges read, “That you, Promise Amadi (aka Sebastian Ubierna), on or about March 2020 to February 2021 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did fraudulently impersonate one Sebastian Ubierna with the intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2) (b) (I) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 22 (2) (IV) of the same Act.”

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