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Internet Fraudster Bags 6 Years Jail Term

Larry Edomwonyi

Justice A. M Liman of the Federal High Court, Benin has convicted and sentenced one Larry Edomwonyi (alias Markus Erixson) to six years imprisonment.

Larry Edomwonyi

Larry Edomwonyi

He bagged three years each on two of the six count charge of obtaining money by false pretence, preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

According to a statement issued by EFCC’ spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren the sentences are to run concurrently from the date of his arrest.

The convict was among the suspected Internet fraudster who were arrested by members of the operation Pulo Shield of the 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin in 2013 and handed over to the EFCC, for further investigation and prosecution.

The charge on which the accused was convicted reads, “ that you Larry Edomwonyi (aka Markus Erixson) on or about on the 15th day of July 2012 at No. 56 Siluko Road, Benin City under the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of One Thousand United States Dollar (USD

1,000.00) from one Pat,  an American national through Western Union under the false pretence that you are a British Citizen and in love with her and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the same Act”.


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