Court jails internet fraudster over N8.5 million romance scam Reviewed by Momizat on . A Lagos State High Court has sentenced Bike John Niye , a 22 year old suspected internet fraudster to one and a half years imprisonment for defrauding Laura Wal A Lagos State High Court has sentenced Bike John Niye , a 22 year old suspected internet fraudster to one and a half years imprisonment for defrauding Laura Wal Rating:
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Court jails internet fraudster over N8.5 million romance scam

A Lagos State High Court has sentenced Bike John Niye , a 22 year old suspected internet fraudster to one and a half years imprisonment for defrauding Laura Wallmam of Indiana, United States of America the sum of $53,500 (N8.56 million).

Justice A Akinlade slammed the prison term on Mr Niye having found him guilty of the four of obtaining money by false pretense preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to the EFCC investigation, the suspect presented himself to Ms Wallmam as a businessman who operates a ‘moving’ company and needed money to get some of his goods out of storage.

He met Ms Wallmam in a dating site and has been in a relationship with her using a fictitious name, Toby Encore.
Mr Niyi’s journey to prison began on May 27th, 2010 when officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)and DHL Courier Services intercepted a suspicious parcel containing a Teddy Bear and a Blackberry handset sent from the USA by MsWallmam to Mr Niye.

The parcel was examined and it was discovered that it contained the sum of $40,000, a Blackberry handset, and a white lady’s photograph concealed in the Teddy Bear.

The parcel was to be delivered to an address in Alapere, a suburb of Lagos with the name Tobi Encore and a Nigerian phone number also belonging to the same recipient. With the phone number, the convicted fraudster was traced and upon finding him, he was handed over to the EFCC for further investigations.

It was later found that the name Tobi Encore was a fake name and the real was Niye Bike, the operatives also discovered that it was the suspect who instructed the victim to conceal all the items in a teddy bear.

Investigations also revealed that Mr Niye has been receiving various sums of money from the victim via Western Union totaling about US$25,000 before the parcel which finally landed him in jail.

To enable him collect the sent funds via Western Union, the EFCC investigations revealed that Mr Niye obtained a Driver’s license with a forged identity bearing the name Nathan Omarkeh. He usually destroys the identity card after collecting money sent to him.

He has been asked to refund the sum of $48,500 (N7.76 million) as restitution to the victim.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HV3MGVJK5GYEUPKAENCP4YWKNE agent

    what do you want the innocent boy to do for a living? no jobs,no
    security of live ans property, no employment anywhere in the so call
    entity Nigeria and yet you are arresting the boy for using his own brain
    to get money . if i may ask should the young boy join boko haram to survive?

    • martin anthony lucas

      he is not innocent, he needs to start from the bottom of the ladder, you dont reap other people off their hard earned money, and you dont create an image of fraud for the Nigerian people. And most importantly, you reap off the person who loves you, that lady’s fault is loving him. Put yourselves in her shoes. He needs to fights his government, speak out Nigerians. Dont blame other people for your sufferings. Stand up and fight for your rights. Your country is one of the wealthiest countries on earth.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HV3MGVJK5GYEUPKAENCP4YWKNE agent

     what do you want the innocent boy to do for a living? no jobs,no
    security of live ans property, no employment anywhere in the so call
    entity Nigeria and yet you are arresting the boy for using his own brain
    to get money . if i may ask should the young boy join boko haram to survive?

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