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Court orders forfeiture of convict’s iPhone, cars, N8m cash to FG

By Patience Yakubu

A High Court in Kaduna State on Tuesday ordered the EFCC to sell an iPhone 14 promax, HP laptop, N8m cash and 3 exotic cars belonging to Raymond John and the proceeds paid into Federal Government coffers.

Delivering Judgment, Justice Dairus Khobo, sentenced John after he pleaded guilty to internet related fraud to 8 months imprisonment with an option of N300, 000 fine.

Earlier, the EFCC Counsel, E. K. Garba, told the court that the convict was arrested following actionable intelligence about the activities of syndicates of fraudsters operating in Malali and environs.

Garba said on receiving the report, investigation was carried upon and it revealed that John, while using a fraudulent email posed as one Smith Katie, a white female from USA, to strike relationships with one James Stephen of whom he swindled to the tune of $30,000 between 2021 and 2022.

The prosecution added that part of the money he got from the fraud activities, he used to purchase a Mercedes Benz GLK 2010 model, a Toyota Camry 2013 model, a Toyota Corolla 2005 model and cash sum N8m was found in his possession.

He noted that the defendant committed an offence punishable under the provisions of Section 319 (a) of the Penal Code.

Following John guilty plea, his extra-judicial statements, the prosecution reviewed the facts of the case, tendered the statements of the phones, HP laptop and the cars recovered from him at the point of arrest as evidence.

Garba urged the court to convict John in line with his plea and the exhibits tendered before it.(NAN)

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