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Father of three jailed for duping American ladies

A father of three, Muftau Omobolaji, was on Monday sentenced by a Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo to nine months in jail without an option of fine for engaging in Internet fraud.

The 31-year-old Omobolaji had claimed to be a Canadian and defrauded some American ladies of $1,850.

An officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Asso Haruna, while addressing the court, explained that the convict was apprehended by the anti-graft agency in Osogbo, Osun State, in October 2019.

Haruna added that upon his arrest, the commission recovered a Lexus EX350 car with number plate KSF 975 FK, an Infinix phone and the sum of $1,850 from Omobolaji.

The EFCC prosecutor, Muritala Usman, said the convict acted in contravention of the provisions of the Cyber Crime Act.

After he owned up to the crime, Omobolaji was said to have opted for plea bargain.

When asked by the court how he got involved in the crime, the convict said he was introduced to the crime, while participating in the mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps scheme.

He, however, promised never to return to the crime if pardoned by the court.

A. Bozimo, who represented him, pleaded with the court to be lenient with his client.

In his judgment, Justice Peter Lifu, sentenced Omobolaji to nine months’ imprisonment without an option of fine.

According to him, the jail term should run from October 2019, when the convict was first arrested by the commission.

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