Mother and son sentenced to 12 years in prison for defrauding an American
Mother and son sentenced to 12 years in prison for defrauding an American $82,570 which the Federal High Court in Lagos concluded the judgment by sentencing them to 12 years imprisonment.
Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke sentenced the pair at their arraignment on Tuesday, following their plea of guilty to four counts of “fraudulent corporate trick email compromise.”
He sentenced each convict to three years in prison on each of the four charges that EFCC had brought against them.
That means Mrs Adeyeri and her son will spend up to three years in the custody of the correctional services.
EFCC counsel, Bilikisu Buhari, told the court that the mother and son conspired to defraud the chief executive (CEO) of American Cranes Manufacturing Company with one Kareem Russell, still at large.
One Idi Musa, a witness, an inspector from the EFCC. was called, In June 2017, they committed the crime and were charged on September 6, 2019.
Musa testified that the commission obtained a letter from the FBI sometime in April 2019, alleging that American Cranes Manufacturing Company’s official email address was compromised and that the fraudsters lost the amount of $82,570.
Idi said Damilola was arrested on 6 September 2019 after her mother was arrested when she went to withdraw money from the bank on learning her son was being investigated by EFCC.
She purchased a property with the money made from the scam, under her son’s name.
The prosecution said Mrs Adeyeri and her son carried out the scam by “representing yourself dishonestly as the CEO of the American Cranes Manufacturing Company and then sending an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with the intention of gaining an advantage for you.”