Justice Mojisola Dada of an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos Wednesday sentenced an unemployed man, Lawal Sholaru, to six months in prison for defrauding an American national, Mr David Geobel, of $1,200 in an online scam.
Justice Dada, who delivered the judgment during a virtual proceeding, also gave the convict an option of N100, 000 fine.
The convict was earlier arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a one ciubt charge of obtaining money by false pretence on the March 18.
In her judgement, Justic Dada noted that the convict did not waste the time of the court and has been remorseful.
The judge said: “The plea of guilty entered by defendant is very impressive and commendable. He has exhibited a great sign of remorse for his action.
“He has also unwittingly spent about two months in custody. In the interest of justice, the defendant is hereby sentenced to six months imprisonment.
“The sentence shall commence from March 18, 2020 when he was first remanded in prison custody.
“The defendant shall forfeit his vehicle and any other property recovered from him by the EFCC as proceeds of crime to the federal government.
“The defendant shall also undertake to be of good behaviour and never be involved in any other crime. This is the judgment of the court.”
Meanwhile, ealier during the proceeding, the EFCC prosecutor, Mr Samuel Daji, told the court that the convict was arrested on March 8, 2020 at Lakers Club, Ikorodu, Lagos on suspicion of engaging in internet fraud, sequel to an intelligence report received by the commission.