A suspected internet fraudster, Hassan Adesegun Adewale, was on Tuesday remanded in prison by a Federal High Court in Ibadan over internet fraud charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.
He was said to have used his computer and the internet facility to fraudulently impersonate one Jessy West Reade, using the name to obtain the sum of $4,285 from one Larry Obrien who resides in California, USA. The court heard that Hassan falsely presented himself to be a lady to his victim, promising to marry him.
The EFCC arraigned him on a three-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretense, possession of fraudulent documents and impersonation.
Each of the offences was contrary to Sections “1 (1) and (2) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006; contrary to Section 6 and punishable under Section 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006; and contrary to Section 22 (3) (b) and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015”.
After the suspect pleaded not guilty to the charges, the EFCC lawyer, Abdulrasheed Suleman, prayed the court for a trial date and an order to remand the defendant in prison custody.
Counsel to the accused, D. Oderinmolu, had earlier told the court that his client was considering a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution.
After listening to submissions from both sides, Justice Joyce Abdulmalik ordered that the suspect be remanded in Agodi prison pending the determination of the case. The judge also adjourned the matter to May 8, 2019 for trial.