An internet scammer, Emmanuel Oluwatosin, who was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been ordered by a High Court in Sokoto to forfeit proceeds from his adventures.
Naijauto gathered that, following his arrest, two cars – a Mercedes Benz C450 and Mercedes Benz E550 were among items retrieved from his residence.
The suspect was brought before a Sokoto State High Court with charges of Internet fraud in the sum of $150,000.
The defendant acquired these cars from his proceeds
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Speaking for the suspect, Shamsu A. Dauda, the defense counsel, begged the court to be lenient, and show mercy. He pleaded that the suspect was a first-time offender and had shown remorse for his offense. To prove his remorsefulness, he stated that the suspect was willing to give up his 2 Mercedes-Benz vehicles and his house in Kaduna among other items.
Presiding Judge, Justice M S. Sifawa, gave a 2-year sentence to the defendant. However, there was monetary fine option in the sum of 2 million. Sifawa further ordered that the convict should forfeit all proceeds from his crime including 2 Mercedes-Benz models C450 and C550e.
The house is no longer a property of the defendant
Read part of the charge below:
“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, 000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars) 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.”
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