Court jails man one year for $240,000 romance scam

Justice A.T. Mohammed of Federal High Court sitting Port Harcourt, Rivers State on May 28, 2020 convicted and sentenced one Igweneme Moses(a.k.a. Griffith Doyle),  to one year imprisonment for conspiracy and laundering.

The convict, who defrauded victim, Chantai Meadery February 2018 through a dating scam,  with a promise of “building a future together” Switzerland, was arraigned by the Port Harcourt Zonal of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on July 23, 2019 on a 4-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence and laundering.

  counts reads: “That you Igweneme Moses and Igweneme Nkeiruka Blessing (now at large)between the 13th and 26th March, 2018 directly took possession of the sum of $82,706,(Eight Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Six Dollars) which you knew or reasonably ought to have known is the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wilt: obtaining false pretence from one Chantai Helene Meadery and thereby committed an offence contrary and punishable Section 15(2) of Laundering(Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As amended)”. The defendant initially pleaded “not ”.

Meanwhile, the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the convict used the pretext of fake emergency situations, to trick victim making a total of sixteen (16) transfers amounting to Two Hundred and Forty Thousand, Seven Hundred Dollars ($240,700) to the convict.

The convict received all the money through UBA account number 30020624272, a domiciliary joint account belonging to him and daughter, Igweneme Nkeiruka Blessing. investigation also revealed that any time the domiciliary account was credited, Moses transfered the funds in United dollars to a bureau de change operator who will then transfer the Naira equivalent to his daughter via UBA Naira account No. 2064404530.

However, at the resumed hearing of the on , Moses changed his plea to “”.

Upon his plea, the prosecuting counsel, T. M. Iko, urged the court to convict the defendant as charged and order the restitution of the total sum of Two Hundred and Forty Thousand Dollars ($240,000) to the victim.

Justice Mohammed consequently convicted Moses and sentenced him to one year imprisonment and ordered total restitution of the sum of Two Hundred and Forty Thousand Dollars ($240,000) to the victim.

The convict has so far returned the sum of One Hundred Thousand US Dollars (S100, 000) to the victim.