Internet Fraudster Sentenced To Four Years For Hacking NASA E-mail



By Tosin Omoniyi

The Lagos State High Court on Thursday sentenced an internet fraudster to two years imprisonment for hacking into the email account of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA.

Osarenwinda Idahor, who was convicted on each of a two-count charge bordering on possession of documents containing false claims, was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission sequel to a petition from the NASA OIG Computer Crimes Division Goddard Space Flight Centre, United States, alleging that the suspect hacked into NASA e-mail account to send scam messages allegedly for advance fee fraud.

Investigators at the EFCC said the convict impersonated one Mrs Carlow Charles, a cancer patient who wanted to donate the sum of $10.5m to the motherless, widows and less privileged in the society.



    The convict, who was arraigned on May 25, had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    Justice SS Ogunsanya had subsequently adjourned the case to June 11 for ruling and sentencing.

    When the matter was finally called, the convict was sentenced to two years imprisonment without an option of fine on each of the charges.

    The sentences are to run concurrently.

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