One Abdulrauf Alade Owolabi has started his journey to prison after Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offence Court sitting in Ikeja sentenced him to one year imprisonment for being in possession of false documents and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of $5,000 (Five Thousand US Dollars).
The court, however gave him an option of N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).
According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a statement on Friday, the convict was arraigned on a two-count charge by its Lagos Zonal Office on Thursday, February 6, 2020, following his arrest in connection to a case reported against him during an operation tagged “Operation Rewired” between the commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
One of the counts reads: “That you, Abdulrauf Alade Owolabi, sometime in 2018 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of the court, and with intent to defraud, represented yourself as Courtney Lopez and defrauded one John Howard, an American Citizen, an aggregate sum of $5,000. 00 (Five Thousand US Dollars) under the pretext that you are in love with him and made a promise of marriage, a representation you knew to be fraud and committed an offence contrary to Sections 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No: 14 of 2006.”
He pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.