The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) of America to secure the conviction of Anthony Osaro, an online fraudster.
Mrs Vera Agboje, a prosecutor for the anti-graft agency said this on Monday at an Ikeja Special Offences Court during the sentencing of the 22-year-old Osaro following a plea bargain agreement he entered into with the EFCC.
Agboje addressing the court said that the EFCC had received a petition in June 2017 from the Ogun chapter of the Neighbourhood Observers.
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She said that the petition was about the nefarious activities of some persons who habitually defrauded unsuspecting members of the public.
“Osaro was arrested and an Asus Laptop and a Toyota Camry car were found in his possession.
“He was taken to the Internet Fraud Unit of the EFCC where he was processed.
We conducted our investigations and we contacted the FBI. They revealed that the documents which were printed out through the defendant’s Asus Laptop were fraudulent.
“By a letter dated November 6, 2018, the defendant through his legal representative applied to enter into a plea bargain agreement.
e urge the court to sentence him to one-year imprisonment starting from October 26, 2018, which was the day he was first arraigned,” Agboje said.
The EFCC prosecutor tendered as evidence, the letter written by the anti-graft agency to the legal attaché of the FBI and the FBI’s letter of response.
The EFCC also tendered as evidence the petition submitted by the Neighbourhood Observers, the documents printed from Osaro’s laptop and his statement to the EFCC.
Earlier during proceedings, Osaro pleaded guilty to a four-count charge of being in possession of documents containing false presence contrary to Section 318 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011.
According to the EFCC, Osaro committed the offences on June 29 in Lagos.
He allegedly had false documents titled ‘Customs Controlling Dept. Intl Affaires’, ‘Delivery Certificate’, ‘Federal Government Grant Money Support’, and ‘Federal Government Grant Money Support Prize Award Dept.’’
The illegal documents were allegedly printed from Osaro’s Asus Laptop with number – F4NOCU519823177.
Mrs Amaka Eze-Ugboaka, Osaro’s defence counsel, in her allocutus (plea for mercy before sentencing) asked the court to temper justice with mercy on him.
She said: “The defendant, being a young man, is highly impressionable.