Two Jailed For Internet Love Scam, US Military Impersonation In Ilorin

Two men who posed as American military officers have been jailed by a Federal High Court in Ilorin over love scam and other internet related fraud offences.

They are Akinrodolu Sunday and George Tobi, who were among 34 suspected internet fraudsters arrested at different locations in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State on March 8, 2021.

They were jailed alongside Oluwajobi Victor on separate charges of fraud brought against them by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

While Akinrodolu and George were posing as American military officers to lure unsuspecting victims into an online relationship, Olujobi was charged for attempt to defraud people seeking accommodation in the US.

They admitted to committing the crimes and pleaded guilty when the charges were read to them.

Among items recovered from them were a Toyota Corolla Sport car, iPhones, iPad, bank draft and incriminating materials printed from their devices.

The items were tendered by Aliyu Adebayo and Rasheedat Alao, who prosecuted the cases for the anti-graft agency and admitted in evidence by the court.

Justice Mohammed Sanni, sentenced Akinrodolu to six months in jail, on counts one and two, with an option of N300,000 fine on each count

He also ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone 7 and Infinix 55 phone, used to perpetrate the crime as well as a Toyota Corolla Sport car acquired with the proceeds of his unlawful activities to the Federal government.

George, in his own case, bagged six months jail term with an option of N300,000, while the iPhone 6s recovered from him at the point of arrest was also forfeited to the Federal government.

Justice Sanni also sentenced Oluwajobi to six months imprisonment with a N300, 000 fine option and forfeiture of his iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, which he used to commit the crime to the Federal government.

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