Wednesday, August 21, 2019 7:47 am
A convicted internet fraudster, Paul Otanor, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment by Justice A. T. Mohammed, of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Otanor was arraigned by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), found guilty of defrauding a foreigner of the sum of $600.
He was arraignment on a one-count charge bordering on impersonation contrary to Section 22 (3) (a) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the same Act.
His journey to prison began when operatives of the EFCC arrested him sometimes in May 2019 in Warri, Delta State for internet-related offences. Documents containing false pretences were found on him.
Following his confession to the crime through his written statements that he was operating different gmail accounts and identities to defraud his unsuspecting victims, Otanor was thereafter, charged with internet fraud.
The charge reads; “That you, Paul Otanor (a.k.a. Kent Mark) sometimes in May 2019, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, fraudulently impersonated one Kent Mark, with intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (3) (a) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (4) of the same Act.”
He pleaded guilty to the charge.
Both the counsel for the EFCC, S. Chime and defence counsel, Edo Anabel, agreed on the convict’s plea of guilty.
Justice Mohammed thereafter, convicted and sentenced him to six months imprisonment, with an option of fine of N100,000.
The trial judge also ordered that the sum of $600 fraudulently obtained from Brenda Pearson, a foreigner, be returned to her.