A mother, Mrs Damilola Adeyeri and her son, Alaba Adeyeri have been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for defrauding an American to the tune of $82,570. The duo were convicted by a Federal High Court in Lagos on four counts filed by the EFCC bordering on “fraudulent trick business email compromise”.
They were both sentenced after they pleaded guilty to the charges by Justice CJ Aneke. The prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Bilikisu Buhari, told the court that the mother and son conspired with one Kareem Russel, still at large, to defraud the Chief Executive Officer of American Cranes Manufacturing Company.
The crime was committed in 2017 with the duo arrested in 2019. Part of the charge reads that Mrs Adeyeri and her son committed the crime by “dishonestly representing yourselves as the CEO of American Cranes Manufacturing Company and thereafter you sent an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with intent to gain 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.
The justice sentenced them to a cumulative three years based on the four counts.