A Kaduna State High Court sentenced a yahoo boy named Olanrewaju Temitope to prison over $400 fraud following a one-count charge.
On Wednesday, February 15, 2023, Justice A. A Bello sentenced Temitope after being arranged by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The charge reads, "That you, Olanrewaju Temitope 'M' sometimes between January, 2022 to July, 2022 in Kaduna within the Judicial Division of this Honourable Court dishonestly induced one Elexis McCrills (on Instagram, a social media application) to deliver to you the sum of 400 USD ( Four Hundred U.S Dollars) when you portrayed yourself to be Lisa Marie Boothe (a female which you knew you were not) and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under Section 309 of the Same Law".
After the yahoo boy pleaded guilty, the defendant was urged by prosecuting counsel P.C Onyeneho to be convicted accordingly.
Justice Bello sentenced the defendant to 5 years imprisonment, or to pay a fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira, and ordered the forfeiture of his Infinix Zero X cell phone with IMEI number 351240990699206 and 3512400990699214, which was used in the commission of the crime, to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Temitope was apprehended at his hideout on Joel Bala Street, Gbagyi Villa Kaduna during a sting operation. Investigations revealed that he used a fake Facebook and Instagram account under the name Lisa Marie to scam unsuspecting victims, mainly residents of the United States, out of their hard-earned money.