Court Convicts LAUTECH Undergraduate over Romance Scam

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Adebowale Taiwo Abiola, a 500-level student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State, was sentenced to one-year imprisonment for a romance scam.

Abiola was arrested and arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a one-count amended charge bordering on possession of fraudulent documents containing false pretence.

Abiola, who resides at Brownstone Estate, Ikate, Elegushi, presented himself as Burton J. Smith, ex-military personnel in America, to defraud his victims. Abiola scammed Courtney Selina Kaye; convincing her to send money to him by selling $104,500 bitcoin from her wallet on a local bitcoin website in 2019.

The EFCC and Abiola struck up a plea bargain and the prosecution counsel, I. A. Mohammed, informed the court after the accused pleaded guilty to the charge. The Presiding Judge, Justice O. A. Taiwo, sentenced him to one-year imprisonment, with an option of N300,000 fine.

She also held that #5million recovered from the LAUTECH student and his black Mercedes Benz GLK (AKD 573 GK) be forfeited to Kaye through the Federal Government. In addition, the remaining #26.6million will be restituted to her from the convicts’ assets.

Finally, she asked Abiola to enter into a bond with the EFCC to be of good behaviour and never engage in financial crimes within and outside Nigeria after his release from prison.

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