Adebowale Taiwo Abiola, a 500-level student of Ladoke Akintola University has been sentenced to one year imprisonment for romance scam.
Justice O.A. Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos handed down the sentence on Tuesday.
Adebowale was arrested by the EFCC following intelligence reports about the criminal activities of a syndicate of Internet fraudsters residing in the Lekki area of Lagos.
Investigation revealed that Abiola, who resides at Brownstone Estate, Ikate, Elegushi, Lagos, had presented himself as Burton J. Smith, an American citizen, to defraud his unsuspecting victims.
It was further revealed that the defendant, while using the identity of Smith, a former military personnel, defrauded one Courtney Selina Kaye, who had sent money to him by selling bitcoin from her Bitcoin wallet on localbitcoin.com, of the sum of $104,500 USD in 2019.
Adebowale was subsequently arraigned on a one-count amended charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents containing false pretence.
He pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge brought against him.
Consequently, the prosecution counsel, I. A. Mohammed, reviewed the facts of the case and also told the court about the plea bargain entered into by the defendant with the prosecution.
The prosecution counsel, therefore, urged the Judge to sentence the defendant accordingly.
Delivering her judgment, Justice Taiwo convicted and sentenced the defendant to one year imprisonment, with an option of fine of N300,000 ( Three Hundred Thousand Naira).