A Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja convicted and sentenced one Ume Clinton to a year in jail on Wednesday for purporting to be an operator of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and scamming a foreigner of €45, 000 Euro.
The 30-year-old prisoner was sentenced to prison by Justice Mojisola Dada after pleading guilty to the anti-graft agency’s allegations of impersonation, fraudulent possession of papers, and fraud of €45, 000.
The Lagos zonal office of the EFCC had arraigned the convict who was accused of defrauding a Belgian educator and caregiver, Axelle Mahieu.
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He was accused of committing the acts through a well-orchestrated online fraud.
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The convict was earlier arraigned before Justice Dada on February 22, 2023, but overwhelmed by the weight of evidence gathered against him, he opted for a plea bargain, thus necessitating the need for the amended charge.
Clinton, he said, had gone into hiding and investigators had to deploy the use of technology to smoke him out on October 18, 2022 at No 46 Atoke Gbadebo Street, Isheri, Lagos.