Court has sentenced two Yahoo Boys to five hours of community service.
This online newspaper understands that Justice O.A. Okunuga convicted the internet fraudsters, John Austin and Alebiosu Rasheed Salam after they pleaded guilty to the charges brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, “the convicts were separately arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on the use of fraudulent documents to engage in an online dating scam, through which they defrauded their unsuspecting victims.
“They both separately pleaded guilty to the one-count charge.”
In the course of the separate proceedings, counsel for the EFCC, S.O. Daji, who gave reviews of the facts in each of the separate trials, told the Court that the defendants, upon their arrests at different times, were further interrogated by operatives of the EFCC during which they volunteered statements admitting to their involvement in internet fraud.
Daji further told the Court that two iPhones were recovered from Salam along with a Lexus 350 2010 model, while one iPhone, one Tecno phone and one HP laptop were recovered from Austin.
They were all admitted in evidence as exhibits against the defendants, as there were no objections raised by the defence team.
Justice Okunuga sentenced both convicts to five hours daily community service for six months, items recovered from them were also ordered to be forfeited to the Federal Government.