18th August, 2020
By Our Reporter
FBI-wanted internet fraudster, Abiona Akinyemi Festus has been convicted and sentenced to two-year imprisonment in Lagos.
The convict who was prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a two-count charge of internet fraud.
The FBI, in a petition dated 10 July 2019 appealed to the Ilorin zonal office of the Commission to ensure Festus’ arrest and prosecution, for his roles in multi-million naira international scam.
One of the counts read:”That you Abiona Akinyemi Festus (Ella Jones), sometime between January 2011- May 2016 at Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable court by means of fraudulent trick used the email address [email protected] to bypass online security and obtained the sum of N5, 950, 000 (Five Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira), only from retirement accounts, held by an insurance company for public workers in the United States of America.”
Festus pleaded guilty, upon which the Head of Advance Fee Fraud, EFCC, Ilorin zonal office, Olamide Sadiq, reviewed the facts of the case, which included that defendant was arrested based on a petition from the FBI linking him to the offence.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State Special Offences Court, Ikeja convicted him as charged.
Akinyemi was sentenced to one year imprisonment on each of the two counts with a N300, 000 option of fine on each of the counts.
The judge also ordered him to return the money he stole to the FBI.