A Federal High Court, sitting in Benin-City, Edo State has on Monday February 6, 2017 convicted and sentenced one Amegor Ovenseri to two years imprisonment for false representation and obtaining by false pretence on the internet.
Amegor was first arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on February 21, 2013 on a two count charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents containing false pretences and obtaining by false pretence.
Amergor upon arraignment pleaded not guilty to the charge.
After diligent prosecution by the EFCC, Justice P. I. Ajoku found Amegor guilty on two count charge and sentenced him to two years imprisonment without an option of fine on each of the charge counts.
The sentences are to run concurrently.
Amegor was arrested with some others suspected to be in internet fraud at 56, Siloko Road, Benin City, Edo State on January 18, 2013 by the men of JTF, 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin.
This was after an intelligence report on their involvement in internet scams.
On their arrest, laptop computers and phones were recovered from their homes and they were handed over to EFCC, for further investigation and possible prosecution.
Meanwhile, the others have been charged separately.
The count charge reads, “that you Amegor Ovenseri, on or about the 18th day of January, 2013, at Siluko road, Benin City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court did with conspire with one Ede Amegor to commit felony to wit: obtaining by false pretence contrary to Section 8a of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and Punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.
Count two of the charge reads: “That you Amegor Ovenseri, on or about the 18th day of January, 2013, at Siluko road, Benin City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court did possess a document containing false representation to wit: A letter of introduction as frederyk from England, which said representation you made in a bid to obtain by false pretence, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6 and 8b of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and Punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.
Justice Ajoku after listening to the plea of leniency of the defence counsel and the convict, who promised to turn a new leaf, sentenced him to two years imprisonment on each of the counts.