An Ikeja High Court in Lagos on Wednesday remanded a businessman, Khareem Oluwaseyi, who allegedly defrauded people by impersonating United States Attorney-General, Jeff Sessions online.
Vacation judge Justice Oyindamola Ogala remanded Oluwaseyi in prison custody following his plea of not guilty to a five-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.
She adjourned till September 10 to hear the defendant’s bail application.
The defendant was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which said he committed the offences on June 29 in Lagos.
EFCC counsel, Mr A.M. Ocholi, alleged that Oluwaseyi contravened Sections 1(3) and 68(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
Ocholi added: “The defendant goes by the alias Jeff Sessions and using the moniker, he created an e-mail address [email protected]
“He had in his possession an e-mail correspondence containing false pretence titled: “Grant Money”, which he sent from that e-mail address to [email protected], the e-mail address of an unsuspecting victim.
“Oluwaseyi had in his possession another e-mail correspondence titled: ‘Grant’ which he sent from his Jeff Sessions e-mail address to [email protected] he knew contained false pretence.
“He also had sent an e-mail: titled “no subject” which he sent to [email protected], knowing same to be false.”
According to the prosecutor, Oluwaseyi was also allegedly nabbed with a fraudulent document titled: “National Endowment for Humanities”.
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