A Benin-based internet fraudster, Raymond Imozemhe who impersonated Tom Cruise, (a popular Hollywood Star) in the United States of America to dupe a foreigner, has been remanded to prison Custody.
Imozemhe, 22, used his Scrabble Game account, was sent to prison with a truck driver, Christopher Godfirst, by orders of Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City for internet fraud.
Justice Efe Ikponwonba convicted the fraudsters along with five others, Christian Okafor, Jimmy Emmanuel, Oritseweyinmi Allen Poto, Osapamwan Destiny Gaius and David Oghneyerivwo Ighere.
on Tuesday in Benin City.
A statement by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin zonal office in Edo State, said the conviction of the fraudsters began with their arrest for involvement in internet fraud.
The defendants admitted to the crime and were subsequently arraigned on one count charge each bordering on fraudulent impersonation and possession of fraudulent documents by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
The charge against Okafor reads: “That you, Christian Okafor (m) sometime in May, 2023 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did with intent to defraud represent yourself to be one Choi, a citizen of Korea and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 48 Laws of Bendel State of Nigeria ( As applicable in Edo State)”.
The charge against Imozemhe reads: “That you, Raymond Imozemhe (m) sometime in 2023 at Ugbor Central GRA, Benin City, Edo State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud falsely represent yourself to be one Tom Cruise, Hollywood celebrity from the United States of America, in your Scrabble Game account and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 384 (1) of the Criminal Law of Edo State Law, 2022”.
Upon arraignment the defendants pleaded guilty to their respective charges prompting prosecution counsel, Salihu Ahmed, A.S. Bala-Ribah and Al-Amin Abdul Ibrahim to pray the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.
But, Counsel to the defendants pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendants were first time offenders.
Justice Ikponmwonba convicted and sentenced Okafor, Imozemhe and Emmanuel to three years imprisonment with an option of Two Hundred Thousand Naira fine
Poto bagged three years imprisonment or a fine of N300,00.00 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira), while Ighere bagged two years imprisonment with an option of Two Hundred Thousand Naira fine
Gaius and Godfirst, according to the anti-graft agency, were sentenced to three years imprisonment or a fine of N1,000,000,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) each.
The judge also ordered that the defendants forfeit a Mercedes Benz GLK 350, Lexus ES 350, one black Toyota Camry, mobile phones and a United Bank of Africa (UBA) draft of N960,000 (Nine Hundred and sixty Thaousand Naira) being proceeds of crime, to the Nigerian government.
The defendants are to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour afterwards, according to the court.