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|Fraudster Bags 18 Years Jail Term Over $250,000 Scam-efcc by olumide77: 8:53pm On May 21, 2012|
Justice Habeeb Abiru of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja has thrown Ifeanyi Eze, aka Chedi Ojukwu behind bars for 18 years imprisonment, two years for each of nine charges of obtaining money by false pretences and forgery, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), reported today.
Thirty-nine year old Eze, who pleaded guilty, is also to refund $35,000 to one Yildirim Babadogan, a Turkish citizen.
Babadogan petitioned the EFCC in 2010 after Eze, operating under the false identity of “Chedi Ojukwu,” swindled him of over $250,000, with the connivance of three others, under the pretence that they were selling used rail parts.
According to the EFCC, Eze and his gang had advertised on the Internet that they had used rail scrap for sale to interested buyers. Babadogan, 62, said he was subsequently convinced to come to Nigeria for negotiation and to see the goods. He and three of his countrymen later came to Nigeria to seal the deal, where they signed various documents including those supposedly bearing the logos of the Central Bank of Nigeria and other relevant government agencies. He claimed that on returning to his base in Turkey, he was made to transfer the sum of $80,000, which Eze and his gang claimed was to be used to finalize the deal.
Babadogan further claimed that over $45,000 was later transferred to Eze and his co-conspirators on the pretence that the money was needed to process necessary papers and the shipment of the goods.
Subsequently, Eze and his cohorts prevailed on Babadogan and his partners to return to Nigeria for further negotiations.
On their return to Nigeria, Babadogan said, Eze and his syndicate started demanding for more money, including an additional $50,000 dollars for the Central Bank of Nigeria, as well as Customs shipping charges. To convince their victim, Eze and his gang forwarded a letter purportedly written by the Central Bank of Nigeria and signed by a former CBN governor that $50,000 was the outstanding shipping charge.
Babadogan said he became suspicious of the deal when Eze told him that 435 containers of scraps were already at the port. He said when he requested to be taken to see the containers, Eze claimed that because of their failure to pay the CBN/Customs charges they would not be allowed to inspect the containers but that they can only see them from a distance.
It was at this juncture that he reported the matter to a Nigerian friend who told him that he had fallen victim of fraudsters. He later contacted the EFCC and Eze was arrested.
In addition to Eze, another suspect, Tijani Ladan, aka Suleiman, had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced accordingly. A third suspect, Chief Uche Dimgba, aka Salami Kambo, is still at large.
Eze’s sentence will run concurrently, meaning he will be free in two years’ time.
|Re: Fraudster Bags 18 Years Jail Term Over $250,000 Scam-efcc by olumide77: 8:58pm On May 21, 2012|
How I wish our various courts can convict our looters to the same length of imprisonment.
|Re: Fraudster Bags 18 Years Jail Term Over $250,000 Scam-efcc by Bluetooth2: 9:04pm On May 21, 2012|
|Re: Fraudster Bags 18 Years Jail Term Over $250,000 Scam-efcc by sayisayi(m): 12:25am On May 22, 2012|
Send his amala backside to cool down behind bars. Dis guy dey ruin international co-operation for legitimate businessmen.
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