Gideon Tobi Victor, an internet fraudster has been convicted for charges bordering on cybercrime brought against him by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He was sentenced to two years imprisonment or a fine of N150, 000.00 ( One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).
However, Gideon was apprehended by Kaduna Vigilance Services(KADVS) and handed over to the commission for further investigation. During the investigation, it was revealed that he had impersonated several individuals online using various guises. On one occasion, he impersonated one Cherry (a transgender model) and the American actor, Tom Cruise to defraud victims. The convict also converted a total of $700 worth of gift card for one Gabriel Onabiyi, a fraudster.
During the trial, the defendant was found guilty and the sentence was handed to him by Justice A.A. Bello of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna. The one count Charge reads;
“That you, Gideon Tobi Victor (aka Andre Bohrer) (M), between January and April 2023 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, attempted to commit an offence and in such an attempt did a certain act towards the Commission of the said offence, to wit; falsely presented yourself as Andre Bohrer (a white woman) to several unsuspecting victims on Google Chat, an online social media application in order to cheat them and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 57 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law of 2017 and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law”.
The defendant pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 2years imprisonment or a fine of N150,000. He is to forfeit his Samsung phone to the Federal Government of Nigeria through the EFCC.