Engineer jailed 14 months for defrauding American of N19.6m

A graduate of Civil Engineering, Samuel Oteyowo, has bagged 14-month jail term for defrauding an American of the sum of N19.6m.

Oteyowo was charged with one count amended charge of criminal impersonation for defrauding Warren Doht of an amount totalling N19,664,128.50 via the Internet.

Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, pronounced the 32-year-old, who claimed to be a university graduate, guilty as charged.

The convict’s crime was contrary to Section 22(2) (b) (ii) of the Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention Etc) Act, 2015, and punishable under Section 22 (2) of the same Act.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office, stated that the convict had approached it for a plea bargain agreement.

The Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said the agreement “formed the basis for the amended charge with which he was arraigned and convicted on Monday.”

After pleading guilty to the amended charge, the prosecution counsel, Murtala Usman, urged the court to convict him accordingly.

Apart from the jail term, the court also ordered Oteyowo to pay restitution in the sum of N19,664,128.50 to the victim of his crime.

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