The Federal High Court in Lagos, sentenced one Mrs. Damilola Adeyeri and her son, Alaba, to three years’ imprisonment on Tuesday for defrauding an American of the sum of $82,570.
The offenses were said to be contrary to sections 421 and 422 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C38.
Justice Aneke said he would temper justice with mercy because the felon pleaded guilty to the charges immediately,instead of wasting the time of the court.
Aneke convicted the duo of the four counts bordering on “fraudulent business trick and email compromise” filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The woman and her son had pleaded guilty to the charges at their denunciation on Tuesday.
Bilikisu Buhari, The prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, had told the court that the mother and son conspired with one Kareem Russel, who is still at large, to defraud the Chief Executive Officer of American Cranes Manufacturing Company.
Kareem said they committed the offenses in June 2017 and were arrested on September 6, 2019.
Damilola and Alaba were said to carry out the fraud by “dishonestly representing yourselves as the CEO of American Cranes Manufacturing Company, and thereafter, you sent an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with the intent to gain an advantage to yourselves.”
The prosecutor told the court that the convicts acted contrary to sections 27 (1) (a) and 23 (3) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015, and were liable to be punished under Section 22(1) of the same Act.