Two fraudsters, Noah Omoregbe (a.k.a Frank Mark) and Destiny Efewengbe (a.k.a William Scot) have been sentenced to two years and six months’ imprisonment respectively, by Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State, Punch Newspaper reports.
The convicts were arraigned on one count each of impersonation and intent to defraud, contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap. 48 Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable in Edo State) 1976 and punishable under the same law.
The charge against Omoregbe read, “That you, Noah Omoregbe (a.k.a Frank Mark), on or about the 21st day of June 2021 on Yoruba Street, Benin City, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did with intent to defraud, falsely represented yourself as one Frank Mark, an American soldier, and sent scam messages to one Liud Mila via your iPhone X with IMEI No: 354862090120911 with the intent to obtain money from her, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap. 48 Laws of defunct Bendel State of Nigeria (as applicable in Edo State) 1976 and punishable under the same law.”
The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges.
Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced Omoregbe to two years’ imprisonment with an option of fine of N200,000 , while Efewengbe was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment with an option of N200,000 fine.
He also ordered that items recovered by the prosecution during investigation be forfeited to the Federal Government.