Justice Ladiran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, on Tuesday, October 6, convicted and sentenced Damilare Tolu Ogunleke, pictured above, to four months in prison for internet fraud.
The convict was prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) on amended three-count charge for obtaining gift cards worth $5,700 USD (Five Thousand, Seven Hundred United States Dollars) by fraud, contrary to Section 419 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Laws of Oyo 2000.
A statement released by the antigraft agency states that one of the charges read:
“That you Damilare Tolu Ogunleke (‘m’) sometime in the year 2019, at Ogbomosho, Oyo State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, obtained gift cards worth $5000 (Five Thousand United States of America Dollars) from one Porter Pattern by falsely representing to him that you are a female and other pretences, which you knew to be false.”
He pleaded guilty to all the charges upon which prosecution counsel, Lanre Abdulrasheed, prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly, while his counsel, Tunde Olupona, informed the court that his client had made full restitution to his victim and urged the court to temper justice with mercy.
Apart from the prison term, Ogunleke was ordered to restitute his victim the sum of $1, 042 (One Thousand and Forty-two United States Dollars), and would also forfeit his Lexus IS350, a phone and an iPad to the federal government.
The convict was arraigned on September 28, 2020.