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Uber Driver Bags Jail Term Over $50 Internet Fraud

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An Uber driver, Michael Tosin Lawal, has been convicted and sentenced after he pleaded guilty to internet fraud.

Justice M. A. Odegbola of the Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on Monday, ordered that he (Oluwatosin) be remanded in prison for three months.

Oluwatosin, the defendant pleaded guilty to an amended one-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense, preferred against him by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Uber Driver Bags Jail Term





Lawal pleaded guilty to an amended one count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense.

According to the charge, Lawal in 2020, with intent to defraud, obtained Gift Cards from one Trevor, a white male.

EFCC said he falsely represented himself as “Cyndy Tyler”, a white female purportedly based in the United States of America.

Justice Odegbola convicted and sentenced Lawal to three months in prison.

Uber Driver Bags Jail Term

The judge ordered the convict to restitute $50 to his victim through the EFCC. He is also to forfeit items recovered from him to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The lone charge reads, “that you, Michael Tosin Lawal ‘M’ sometimes in the year 2020, in Ibadan Oyo State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained Gift Cards from one Trevor, a white male by falsely representing to him that you are a white female by the name Cyndy Tyler from the United States of America, which pretense you knew to be false”.





Following his plea, Justice Odegbola ordered the convict to restitute the sum of $50 (Fifty United States Dollars) to his victim through the EFCC and forfeit items recovered from him to the Federal Government of Nigeria.





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