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JUDGMENT: Court Sentence Man To Six Months Imprisonment For $2,500 Fraud in Osun

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The Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, has sentenced one Timileyin Awojodu to six months’ imprisonment for fraudulently obtaining the sum of $2,500 from an American.

Justice Peter Lifu had on Monday, July 13, 2020, convicted Awojodu and adjourned till Tuesday for sentencing after the convict pleaded guilty and opted for plea bargain.

The prosecutor from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, AbduRasheed Sulaeman, had during trial told the court that the 30-year-old Awojodu posed as a lady with the name, Troy Stone, and defrauded the American.

Sulaeman tendered as exhibits the money recovered from the defendant, one iPhone 7, his confessional statement as well as nude pictures he sent through his mail to the victim.

The defence counsel, Mr Dotun Akinsanmi, pleaded for leniency, saying his client had spent 73 days in the custody of the EFCC.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Lifu found Awojodu guilty and sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment with hard labour.

Justice Lifu said the jail term should run from October 2019, when the defendant was first arrested, adding that the money recovered from him should be returned to his victim in the United States of America.

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