Internet fraudster, Onovo Osita Malachy has been jailed for a $140k love scam, after the EFCC secured his conviction at a Federal High Court in Edo State.
The convict was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence. He was said to have fraudulently obtained the sum of $140,000 from a foreigner through a love scam.
Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded “guilty” to the charge. The charge reads:
“That you Onovo Osita Malachy on or about 4th day of July 2017 in Benin Edo State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did by means of fraudulent trick to wit: love scam on a dating site obtained the sum of $140,000 only from Helen Wang and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 421 of the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria,2004.”
Based on his plea, the defence counsel, I. U. Uchechukwu, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant “has become remorseful”.
Justice A. A. Demi-Ajayi then sentenced Malachy to 12 months imprisonment. The convict is also to forfeit all assets traced to him, including an uncompleted building and a Toyota Camry 2007 model, to the Federal Government of Nigeria.