Kaduna: Man Sentence To Six months Imprisonment For $100 Love Scam

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The defendant pretended to be an American citizen in order to entice his victims into sending him money while appearing to be in a love connection with them.

Mesheal Luka, a man, was sentenced to six months in prison on Wednesday, October 20 by Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna, on a two-count amended charge of internet-related fraud levelled against him by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

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While appearing to be in a love connection with his victims, the defendant pretended to be an American citizen and convinced them to send him money.

One of the counts reads: |”that you, Mesheal Luka (M), between January and August 2021 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, pretended to be one Mesheal (a woman) located in America when you knew you weren’t, and in such assumed character defrauded one Samuel of the amount of $100.” (One Hundred USD).

You committed an offence pursuant to Section 308 of the Kaduna State Penal Code of 2017 and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law when you stated you were in love with him.”

“That you, Mesheal Luka (M), between January and August 2021 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, pretended to be one Jessica (a woman) based in America when you knew you weren’t, and in such assumed character defrauded one James Partridge of the sum of €30.00,” reads the second count amended charge (Thirty Euros).

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You committed an offence pursuant to Section 308 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law of 2017 and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law when you stated you were in love with him.”

When the new accusations were read to him, he pled guilty.

In light of his guilty plea, prosecutor M.A Jamil requested the court to condemn him under the provisions of a plea bargain agreement between the parties as to the court’s decision.

However, the defendant’s lawyer, Usman Idris, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, claiming that the defendant had expressed regret and pledged never to do another illegal act.

As a result, Justice Khobo found the defendant guilty and sentenced him to six months in jail, as well as ordering him to pay $50.00 to his victims, Samuel and James Partridge, both American citizens, through the United States Embassy in Nigeria.

The defendant must also surrender one Infinix smart 5 phones and N48,720.89 to the Federal Government.

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