Faces Of Mother And Son Sentenced For Duping American $82,570 Revealed

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Mrs Damilola Ahmed Adeyeri and her son, Alaba Kareem Adeyeri

The Federal Lagos on Tuesday sentenced Mrs Damilola Ahmed Adeyeri and her son, Alaba Kareem Adeyeri, to 12 years’ imprisonment each for duping an American of $82,570.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke convicted the duo following plea of guilty to four counts of “fraudulent trick business email compromise” during arraignment on Tuesday.

He sentenced each defendant to three years’ imprisonment on each of the four counts filed against them by the .

The judge said the sentences would run concurrently.

This means Mrs Adeyeri and her son spend a maximum of only three years correctional services custody.

EFCC counsel Bilikisu Buhari told the that mother and son conspired with Kareem Russell, at large, to defraud the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of American Cranes Manufacturing Company.

She said they committed the offence June 2017 and were arrested on September 6, 2019.

The said Mrs Adeyeri and her son carried the fraud by “dishonestly representing yourselves as the CEO of American Cranes Manufacturing Company and thereafter you sent an email from [email protected] with intent to gain advantage to yourselves.”

She the convicts acted contrary to Sections 27(1)(a) and 23(3) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and were liable to be punished under Section 22(1) of the same Act.

The offences were also said to have been contrary to sections 421 and 422 of the Criminal Code Act Cap C38.

Buhari also called an EFCC investigator, Idi Musa as witness.

Musa testified that sometime in April 2019, the commission received a petition from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of America, stating that the official email address of American Cranes Manufacturing Company was hacked and the sum of $82, 570. 00 was lost to the fraudsters.

He told the that the FBI that there was a syndicate of fraudsters who defraud companies through business e-mail compromise and obtain millions of dollars from American citizens.

Idi said Damilola was arrested on September 6, 2019, after which his mother was apprehended when she went to withdraw money from the upon hearing that EFCC was investigating her son.

She purchased in the name of her son with the money made from the fraud.

The court heard that the monies stolen by the convicts were used to acquire in choice areas of Lagos, and some cash was also found in accounts.

Before sentencing, the pushed for the judge to apply the maximum sentence possible on the convicts to serve as a deterrent.

Responding, Justice Aneke agreed that although the convicts immediately admitted guilt and showed remorse, he had a duty to apply punishment in accordance with the law to serve as a deterrent to others.

But he said he would temper justice with mercy because the convicts, by pleading guilty immediately, had saved the court’ time.

“Consequently, hereby sentence each of the convicts to three years on counts , two, three and four. The sentences are to run concurrently,” Justice Aneke held.

The judge further ordered that all the and monies recovered from the convicts be forfeited to the Federal Government and upon applications by the victims, be restituted to them.