Crime Watch

Court sentences yahoo boy to jail over $200 fraud

A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory has sentenced an internet fraudsters (yahoo boy), Ayomide Oyeneye, to two years imprisonment for defrauding foreigners of 200 dollars.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had arraigned him before Justice Aliyu Shafa on a count charge of fraud.

Oyeneye pleaded guilty under plea bargain agreement, begged for leniency and promised to turn a new leaf. He claimed it was hunger that pushed him into the crime.

“I am sorry for what I have done, I promise not to do such again,” the defendant said.

The judge warned him to desist from crime and be of good behaviour. Shafa gave the convict an option of N200,000 fine. He also ordered that the instrument used for the crime should be forfeited to the Federal Government.

According to EFCC counsel, Mr F.O. Dibang, the convict, from January 2023 to October 2023, with intent to defraud, falsely represented himself as one Maddiegrace on his instagram account.

Dibang said that the convict used a female from Texas, US in his profile picture, adding that he sent electronic messages to unsuspecting white men.

He said the white men included Messrs Kacy Reed, Robert Kimble and Kelvin Adams who misinterpreted facts and consequently suffered financial loss of 200 dollars.