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Suspect on FBI list bags two years imprisonment for $150,000 fraud

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ON Tuesday the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, ( EFCC), Sokoto Zonal office secured the conviction of one Emmanuel Adedeji Oluwatosin, whose name was on the wanted list of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI).

According to a statement by the EFCC, Oluwatosin was convicted before Justice M S. Sifawa of the Sokoto State High court sitting in Sokoto and prosecuted on one count charge bordering on Internet fraud to the tune of $150, 000.

The charge  reads, “that you Adedeji Emmanuel Oluwatosin, sometime between January and July 2019 at Sokoto within the jurisdiction of the Sokoto State High Court did steal the sum of $150, 000 through wire funds transfer from multiple foreign victims by fraudulent intrusion into their retirement accounts domiciled in United States of America via internet…

“…and transferred the said sums into fraudulent business accounts created by you and you withdrew the said funds through ATM Cards and cashier cheques and you thereby committed the offence of Theft contrary to Section 274 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law 2019 and punishable under Section 275 of the same Law”.

The statement noted that upon arraignment, Oluwatosin pleaded guilty to the charge.

It said, in view of the defendant’s plea, the prosecuting counsel, Musa. Mela Gwani asked the court to convict and sentence the defendant.

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However, the statement noted that the defence counsel, Shamsu A. Dauda, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as his client was a first time offender who has become remorseful.

It said, Dauda told the court that the convict is ready to restitute the victims by forfeiting his home in Kaduna and two Mercedes Benz cars (Models C550e and C450) to the victims.

Justice Sifawa, thereafter convicted and sentenced the defendant to two (2) years imprisonment with an option of N2 million fine and ordered the convict to restitute the victims by forfeiting the proceeds of the said crime:

“A residential apartment situated at No17/19 Seamans Street, Maigero, Kaduna State and two Mercedes Benz Models C550e and C450 respectively through Asset Forfeiture Unit of the EFCC for disposal and return of the proceeds to the victims of the offence through the US Legal Attaché in Nigeria,” the paper said.

The statement said Oluwatosin’s journey to prison started on the 29th of August when he was arrested in Kaduna at Unguwan Maigero in a luxury apartment, following intelligence by FBI on his involvement in internet scams.

“Items recovered from the residence included two cars (Mercedes Benz C550e, Mercedes Benz C450), an iPhone, laptops, a modem and SIM cards,” the statement said.

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