Court sends secondary school leaver to 37 years in jail over $40m Internet fraud

Tobechukwu Igbokwe, 21, was today sentenced to 37 years imprisonment for defrauding an American of $40m in an inheritance scam. Justice Lateef Lawal Akapo of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja passed the sentence. He was arraigned before the court on a 12-count charge of forgery, conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretences.

He pleaded guilty to all 12-counts and Justice Akapo sentenced him accordingly. He was sentenced to 7 years on counts 1-8; 8years on count 9; 7years on count 10, 8years on count 11 and 7 years on count 12, making a cumulative of 37years imprisonment.

They are to run concurrently with effect from October 28, 2013, the day he was remanded in prison custody after being arraigned by the EFCC. The court also ordered him to return the $40m as a restitution to the victim and forfeit a Toyota Corolla car, which is a proceed of the crime, to the FG…. for onward conversion into one of d official cars of Mr. President…. Cc: @south_jay


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