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Court jails fraudster 10 years for duping blind teacher

A Federal High Court, sitting in Enugu, has convicted and sentenced one Gift Onyegam to 10 years imprisonment without an option of fine for duping a blind teacher, Rosemary Iheanacho, of  N830, 000 on the pretext that he would help her son secure employment in an oil company.

The convict, who pleaded not guilty, was also ordered to pay the sum of N711, 000 in restitution to the victim.

A statement by the Head, Media & Publicity, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Wilson Uwajaren, on Tuesday in Abuja, said Onyegam, was arrested in 2013 following a complaint by the victim, and was prosecuted by the EFCC on four counts of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence.

Iheanacho was tricked into believing the scam when, in July 2012, she received a call from one Patrick Abah whom she met at a National Youth Service Scheme Orientation Camp in 2009.

He told her that he could help her secure employment with Shell Petroleum Development Company through his in-law, Okoh Ayabaye, a purported Engineer with the oil major in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The victim got interested and told them that her son needed employment and she  proceeded to pay various sums amounting to N830, 000 into three bank accounts provided by the tricksters.

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