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LAUTECH student jailed for $104,500 romance scam

An undergraduate, Adebowale Taiwo Abiola, has been sentenced to 1 yr imprisonment for love rip-off.

Abiola is a 500-level scholar of Ladoke Akintola College of Know-how, Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) arrested him after intelligence in regards to the felony actions of a fraud syndicate in Lekki.

The convict, who resides at Brownstone Property, Ikate, Elegushi, offered himself as Burton J. Smith, an American, to defraud his victims.

Whereas utilizing the identification of Smith, an ex-military personnel, Abiola scammed Courtney Selina Kaye, who despatched cash to him by promoting $104,500 bitcoin from her pockets on localbitcoin web site in 2019.

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The EFCC arraigned him on a one-count amended cost bordering on possession of fraudulent paperwork containing false pretence.

After Abiola pleaded ‘responsible’ to the cost, prosecution counsel, I. A. Mohammed, advised the courtroom about his plea discount.

Justice O. A. Taiwo sentenced him to 1 yr imprisonment, with an possibility of N300,000 advantageous.

She held that N5million recovered from Abiola be forfeited to the Kaye, via the Federal Authorities

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Justice Taiwo additionally ordered that his black Mercedes Benz GLK (AKD 573 GK) be forfeited to Kaye via the Federal Authorities.

Moreover, N26.6million, being the remaining a part of $104,500 obtained from Kaye, can be restituted to her from the convicts’ belongings.

The convict should enter right into a bond with the EFCC to be of excellent behaviour and by no means have interaction in monetary crimes inside and out of doors Nigeria after his launch from jail.

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