Abuja - An internet swindler who duped an American woman after pretending to be a British national has been sentenced to six years for fraud.
Larry Edomwonyi, alias Markus Erixson, has been convicted and sentenced at the Federal High Court in Benin City. He was sentenced to three years each on two charges of obtaining money by false pretence.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) preferred the charges against him.
The sentences will run concurrently.
The anti- graft agency said the convict was among the suspected internet fraudsters who were arrested by members of the Operation Pulo Shield of the 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Benin last year and handed over to the EFCC for further investigation and prosecution.
The charge on which the accused was convicted reads, " that you Larry Edomwonyi (aka Markus Erixson) on or about on the 15th day of July 2012 at No. 56 Siluko Road, Benin City under the jurisdiction of this honorablecourt with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of One Thousand United States Dollar (USD 1,000.00) from one Pat, an American national through Western Money under the false pretence that you are a British citizen and in love with her and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the same Act."
- CAJ News