On Tuesday, a final-year student of the Institute of Management Technology, Enugu, Okoro Joseph, was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment by the Federal High Court in Enugu over $15,000 fraud.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arraigned Joseph before Justice Dugbo Oghoghorie on five counts bordering on impersonation and obtaining by false pretences.
The suspect however pleaded guilty to the charges.
Joseph impersonated Donald Woods and Kennedy Lordan and used pictures of white men to create fraudulent profiles on Hangout and Instagram.
With the fraudulent profiles, he was able to defraud an American woman, Lisa Spitler, of $15,000 sum.
The prosecution counsel, Henry Anasoh, despite his plea, urged the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
Justice Oghoghorie in his judgment sentenced Joseph to eight months’ imprisonment and ordered him to restitute the sum of $15,000 to his victim, through the EFCC.
One of the charges read, “That you, Okoro Tochukwu Joseph, (alias Donald Wood), on March 11, 2020, in Enugu, Enugu State, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, while representing yourself to be Donald Wood, a financial investor in cryptocurrency, using a computer system, knowingly sent a message through your Hangout, knowing the same to be false, to cause needless anxiety to Lisa Spitler, thereby committing an offence, contrary to and punishable under Section 24 (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015.”