UNILAG Student Jailed for 18 months after scamming American Woman

Published 7 years ago by: Almeda
at 12-10-2012 10:27AM (7 years ago)

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A 28 year-old student of University of Lagos was yesterday sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for defrauding an American lady on the internet. The student, Michael Opaleye, allegedly defrauded Kathy Lunsford, a lady he met online of 9,200 dollars (N1.4 million) after making a bogus marriage proposal to her through e-mail.

According to the EFCC Counsel, Opaleye had convinced her to send him the money as part of his travelling expenses from the United Kingdom to the U.S. Using the alias, Bentley Lyon, he forged a bank draft which he claimed was issued by the Bank of Ireland, Dublin.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Opaleye is a student of computer science at the University of Lagos, and had entered into a plea bargain deal with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He was arraigned on a three-count charge of obtaining by false pretences and forgery.

The judge sentenced him to 18months  imprisonment which would commence from March 15, the date he was first arraigned.

The judge also ordered him to pay N100,000 monthly to the victim, through the EFCC, after his release from prison till he offsets the full sum. He was thereafter asked to forfeit the electronic appliances and other items purchased with the proceeds of the crime, which were recovered from his house during the investigation of the EFCC.

Passion8Soul at 18-04-2016 11:14AM (3 years ago)
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