Abuja - The Federal High Court sitting in Enugu has convicted and sentenced a man to ten years imprisonment for duping a blind woman the sum of N830 000 under the pretext that he would help her son secure employment with an oil company.
Gift Onyegam has been sentenced without an option of fine for duping Rosemary Ihekanacho, a teacher.
The convict was also ordered to pay the sum of N711 000 in restitution to the victim.
According to a statement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Onyegam was arrested in 2013 following complaint by the victim.
EFCC sought his prosecution on a four-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence.
The statement added that the victim was tricked into believing the scam when, in July 2012, she received a call from one Patrick Abah whom she met at a youth orientation camp in 2009.
He told her that he could help her secure employment with SPDC, through his in-law, Okoh Ayabaye, a purported engineer with the oil major in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
One of the counts reads, “That you Gift Onyegam sometimes in August, 2012, in Enugu within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of five hundred and forty one thousand naira (N541,000.00) from Rosemary Ihekanacho through First Bank account No 3050676816 belonging to Okoh Ayebaye Susan by false pretence that the said money is meant for securing a job for her son at Shell Petroleum Development Company, which pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.”
– CAJ News
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