(PHOTO) NIGERIAN PRINCE Gets 6 Yrs For 419 Scam Duping Of NEW ZEALAND Woman Of $0.3M. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, secured the conviction and sentencing of an Internet fraudster, Akintunde Vincent Abiodun, 37, before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja. Abiodun’s long walk to jail began after he presented himself as Christopher Williams to his victim, Dona Bonni, whom he met on a dating site on the Internet.
The convict, as part of his tricks, had told Bonni that he inherited gemstones worth $18, 050,000 from his late father in the U.K. He also forged an American passport with which he convinced his victim of his purported nationality.
Consequently, the convict dishonestly received various sums of money, at different times, from his victim. Justice Ipaye sentenced the accused to six years imprisonment.
One Akintunde Vincent Abiodun, 37, who is reportedly a graduate of Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, was first arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, on Jan 24 on amended charge bordering on forgery and obtaining money by false pretence. Abiodun was said to have defrauded D. Bonnici of 267,000 New Zealand Dollars by claiming to be Christopher Williams from the United Kingdom.
The complainant said she met Akintunde on a dating online platform and fell in love with him. She said the accused started collecting money from her, claiming he was in possession of gemstones worth $18,050,000, inherited from his father. She further said Akintunde hoodwinked her into believing that he was coming to New Zealand to settle down with her.
She alleged that the money she sent to the suspect were received in Malaysia and Nigeria by persons bearing Norisha, Jalan Klan and Mohammed Haizam Bin Fauzin, who claimed to be friends of Akintunde. However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the 14 charges read to him.
Justice Ipaye dismissed the bail application, ordered the defendant remanded in Kirikiri Prison custody and finally EFCC, today, secured the conviction and sentencing of an Internet fraudster, Akintunde Vincent Abiodun, 37, to six years in prison by Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja.