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Internet Fraudsters Bag Two Years Jail Term for $12,000 Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on October 13, 2015 secured the conviction of Igho Agbana and Akarah Eloho Anthony, before Justice Shittu Abubakar of the Federal High Court Warri, Delta State.

The convicts, who were docked on a two-count charge of conspiracy and uttering of forged documents, were sentenced to two years imprisonment without an option of fine on each of the counts.

Justice Abubakar also ordered that the convicts return the sum of $12,000 to their victim, from Hong Kong.

The National Intelligence Agency, NIA, had petitioned the EFCC in June 2013 on behalf of the victim, accusing Agbana and Anthony of engaging in fraudulent activities. 

They conspired and uttered a forged Federal Republic of Nigeria Driver’s Licence with the name Prital S. Atwal and used it to open accounts with a branch of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) 1 located at 34B Allen Drive, Kosini, Warri, Delta State, to defraud their victim.

One of the charges reads: “That you, Igho Agbana and Akarah Eloho Anthony on or about the 4th day of April 2013 at Warri, Delta State, within the jurisdiction of this honorable Court did conspire to commit felony to wit: uttering of a forged Federal Republic of Nigeria National Driver’s License with the name Prital S Atwal and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, 2004 and punishable under section 1(2) of the same Act.”

Another reads: “That you, Igho Agbana and Akarah Eloho Anthony, on or about the 31st day of August, 2010 at Waari, , Delta State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did utter a forged Federal Republic of Nigeria National Driver’s License with the name Prital S. Atwal  with the intent that First City Monument Bank PLC (FCMB), in the belief that it is genuine, be induced to open an account with the bank in the name of Pritam S. Atwal and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(2)(c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, 2004 and punishable under section 1(2) of the same Act.”

[EFCC]

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