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Nigerian man jailed for $1,900 love scam

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday secured the conviction of a man, Idunwoyi Osaigbovo, for engaging in a fraudulent money-for-love affair with two foreign women.

Osaigbovo was convicted by Justice D. Senchi of a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Jabi, on a two-count charge bordering on love scam. He was alleged to have fraudulently obtained money from two Caucasian women, Ms. Helen and Kathy Jackson by posing online as William Robert, a Caucasian engineer.

He pretended to be in a love relationship with both women, which made them trust him. He obtained the total sum of $1,900 in Bitcoins.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Idunwoyi Bright Osaigbovo, sometimes in 2018 in Abuja within the judicial division of the court represented that you were William Robert, a male Caucasian engineer with email: willirobbi56@gmail.com and obtained the sum of $700 from one Helen on two occasions and from one Kathy Jackson in Bitcoin in the guise of being in a romantic relationship with her and hereby committed an offence under Section 322 of the Penal Code.”

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He pleaded guilty to the charges. In view of his plea, Justice Senchi convicted him and sentenced him to one month in prison with an option of fine of N25,000 as a first time offender. He further ordered that the proceed of the crime should be forfeited to the Federal Government for onward refund to the victims.


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