A final year student of the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Enugu, Okoro Joseph has been jailed for impersonation and obtaining $15,000 by false pretense.
Justice Rosemary Dugbo Oghoghorie of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu convicted and sentenced Okoro Joseph to eight months imprisonment following his prosecution by the Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The charges leveled against him read : “That you, Okoro Tochukwu Joseph (alias Donald Wood), on the 11th day of March, 2020, in Enugu, Enugu State, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria,
“While representing yourself to be Donald Wood, a financial investor in crypto currency, by means of a computer system,
“Knowingly sent a message through your Hangout, knowing the same to be false, for the purpose of causing needless anxiety to Lisa Spitler and thereby committed an offence, contrary to and punishable under Section 24 (b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015”.
Okoro Joseph pleaded guilty to the charges, upon his arraignment following which prosecution counsel, Henry Onyekachi Anasoh, asked the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
Aside from the prison term, the convict is to return the sum of $15,000 (Fifteen Thousand US Dollars) to his victim, through the EFCC.