Court orders convicted internet fraudster to forfeit house, cars, cash, others

A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Wednesday convicted Komolafe Olajide and Olaniyi Omobolaji for fraudulent court conviction.

The offence is contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (i), punishable under Section 22(2) (b) (iv) of the Cyber Crimes Prohibition, Prevention Act, 2015.

The duo were convicted on a separate count charge of fraudulent impersonation preferred against them by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Komolafe, 30, who claimed to be a Computer Science graduate from the Osun State University was arrested on January 22, 2021 as some incriminating documents were said to have been recovered from his email.

Upon arraignment on an amended charge after a plea bargain agreement, he pleaded guilty.

Justice Mohammed Abubakar thereafter convicted and sentenced Komolafe to six months imprisonment with an option of N300, 000 fine and ordered him to restitute a total sum of N1,319,708.85k.

The court equally ordered the forfeiture of his iPhone 12, Samsung S5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phones, one MacBook, one Toyota Corolla 2008 model, one Toyota Venza 2013 model, and one Toyota Camry 2013 model cars, including a 4 bedroom bungalow.

Justice Mohammed Abubakar convicted and sentenced Olaniyi to four months imprisonment with an option of N100, 000 fine and ordered to forfeit a Samsung A51mobile phone and a Lexus ES 330 car to the Federal Government.

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