A High Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, has convicted 29-year-old Internet fraudster, Ademola Adebukola, also known as “Holy Ghost”, on a four count charge of cheating and attempt to cheat.
Justice Adenike Akinpelu, in her judgment, convicted and sentenced the defendant to six months’ imprisonment on each of the counts after he pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The sentences are to run concurrently from September 14, 2020.
The court also ordered the convict to forfeit to the Federal Government his Dell laptop and iPhone 5, being the instrument used to carry out the crime.
Among the charges against the convict read, “That you, Ademola Adebukola, sometime in 2018, at Ilorin, within the Judicial Division of the Kwara State High Court while acting as Blackmore G. Scott a.k.a Holy Ghost with email address email@example.com did attempt to cheat one Sherri Reed by fraudulently inducing her to deliver the sum of $3,500 (Three Thousand, Five Hundred United States Dollars) to you under the guise of being in a romantic relationship with her and in need of money to clear goods at the seaport, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code.”
“That you, Ademola Adebukola, sometime in July 2020, at Ilorin, within the Judicial Division of the Kwara State High Court while acting as David Frenchman with email address firstname.lastname@example.org did attempt to cheat by impersonation, when you presented yourself to one Wanda Smith of email@example.com as being a Caucasian Male in a romantic relationship with her, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Penal Code. “