Court jails teenager 12 months for Internet fraud

A Kaduna High Court judge, Justice Dairus Khobo, on Thursday, sentenced a 19-year-old teenager, Peterson Enoch, to 12 months imprisonment over offences bordering on internet fraud.

The convict, a resident of Millennium City, Kaduna, was dragged before the court by the state Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

In his judgment, Khobo found the defendant guilty of the charge preferred against him.

The judge sentenced Enoch to 12 months in a correctional centre, with an option of a fine of N100,000.

He also ordered the forfeiture of the iPhone 12 and Infinix S5 phone recovered from the convict at the time of the arrest to the Federal Government, and to restitute $1,000 to his victim, Kingsley Matthew.

Earlier, the EFCC Counsel, P. C. Onyeneho, said that Enoch was one of the suspects arrested at Malali in Kaduna, on August 25, following actionable intelligence about the activities of persons suspected to be fraudsters.

“Upon arrest, one iPhone 12 and Infinix S5 phone were recovered from Enoch and when the phone was analysed, several fraudulent documents were printed from his emails.

“Checks on his profile revealed that Enoch had impersonated one Sandra James and swindled the complainant of $1,000 using fictitious emails,” the prosecutor added.

The defendant had pleaded guilty to the charge.

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