The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Office on Friday, 13 September, 2019 secured the conviction of one Quarshie Fredrick Nnamdi for Advanced Fee Fraud.
The Commission had arrested, investigated and taken Fredrick before Justice Nkeonye Maha of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
Following a plea bargain agreement between him and the Commission, he was re-arraigned on a two-count amended charge that replaced the initial charge against him.
Count One reads: “That you Quarshie Fredrick Nnamdi sometime in June, 2019 in Makurdi, Benue State within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court; had in your possession documents containing false pretence; to wit document labeled “United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces date 13th March, 2019′ and purportedly signed by Lt. Gen. T. T. Luis Rodulf, U.S Army judge Fort Knox, KY which document you knew contained false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.
He pleaded “guilty” to the charge.
In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, G. G. Chia-Yakua, urged the Court to accept the plea bargain and convict him accordingly.
Justice Maha pronounced him guilty and subsequently convicted him to three months imprisonment, the court also ordered him to pay a fine of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) and forfeit his laptop and an iPhone to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
He was also ordered to sign an undertaking to be of good behaviour and never to be involved in any form of fraud within and outside the country, adding that failure to comply will attract judicial sanctions.
The Court also ordered him to be remanded in prison custody pending the payment of fine.
Trouble started for Fredrick, when intelligence disclosed that some persons are into internet fraud where scam mails are sent to several unsuspecting victims through their email accounts and thereafter are defrauded of their hard earned money running into millions of naira.
Investigation disclosed that the convicts through various social media platforms defraud several victims of their money.