Court sends fraudster to 7 months jail over $13,700 scam

Justice M.L. Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced Efedjare Maxwell to seven monthsimprisonment for duping foreigners of the sum of $13,700 (Thirteen Thousand, Seven Hundred United States dollars) in several online dating deals.

Efedjare was arraigned on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office, on a one-count charge bordering on impersonation, contrary to Section 22(3)(a) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 Under Section 22(4) of the same Act.

Operatives of the EFCC had while acting on intelligence report, arrested him on December 30, 2018 following a raid on Dumex Hotel, Otouwodo, Ughelli, Delta State.

Further investigations showed that he specialised in using the fake identity of an American soldier, he named Kelvin Clark, to lure unsuspecting women into spurious marriage deals. He used the trick to defraud an American lady of the sum of $13,700.

He pleaded “guilty” to the one-count charge when read to him.

Justice Abubakar, thereafter, convicted and sentenced him to seven months in prison.