By Martin Iyonguvihi
A Federal High Court in Makurdi, presided by Justice A.R Mohammed has convicted and sentenced a man to one-year in prison for defrauding a bank in the tune of N7,118,000 through a Point of Sale (POS) transaction.
The convict, James Ebute Adejoh, who was arraigned by the Economic and financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Makurdi Zonal Command pleaded guilty to a one count charge of fraud punishable under Section 14(2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015.”
Delivering judgment on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, Justice Muhammed convicted and sentenced Adejoh to one-year imprisonment, with an option of fine of N500,000.00.
Earlier, the convict pleaded guilty to the charge of; “That you, James Ebute Adejoh ‘M’ sometime in 2021 in Makurdi, Benue State Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud knowingly sent a message to Accelerex Network Limited that materially misrepresented the fact that a transaction of N7,118,000.00 (Seven Million One Hundred and Eighteen Thousand Naira Only) failed which the Bank replied upon and suffered a loss by making a charge back to you, and thereby committed an offence, contrary to and punishable under Section 14(2) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015.”
In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, M. Yusuf, reviewed the facts of the case before the court and prayed that the defendant be convicted and sentenced accordingly.
The court also ordered that a Toyota Corolla 2014 model car, valued at N4,650,000,000, with Iphone 12 pro-max valued at N650,000, recovered from the convict, during investigation, be forfeited to be sold by the EFCC and the proceeds restituted to the victim. The two bank accounts traceable to the convict were also frozen by the court.