Court sentences Yahoo boy to community service over $270 fraud

A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Kubwa has sentenced one Abass Aminu Abdulkareem to community service term for a $270 scam.

The defendant was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with one count of alleged internet fraud before Justice O. I. Adelaja.

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Aminu received the money from Amanda, an American lady, by pretending to be her cousin on Facebook under the name Jeremiah Lincoln, the anti-graft agency alleged.

The EFCC stated that the offense violated Section 321 of the Penal Code Law (Laws of the Federation, Abuja) 1990 and was penalized under Section 324 of the same Law when it announced the Yahoo boy’s conviction through its official Twitter account.

The charge read, “That you, Abass Aminu Abdulkareem sometime in 2023 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory cheated by personation when you represented yourself on a Facebook profile page as Jeremiah Lincoln, a citizen of the United States of America and under that name obtained the sum of Two Hundred and Seventy United States Dollars ($270) from Amanda, a cousin to Jeremiah Lincoln and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Law (Laws of the Federation, Abuja) 1990 and punishable under Section 324 of the same Law.”

To the charge, the defendant entered a guilty plea. Following his plea, Justice Adelaja found Abdulkareem guilty and sentenced him to community service under the supervision of officers from the Nigerian Correctional Service.

The offender also surrenders to the federal government his iPhones 12 Pro and XR.

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