A notorious internet fraudster whose real name is Etegene Japheth Chukwunalu but bears the moniker Tom Cruise was on Thursday sentenced to six months imprisonment on possession of documents containing false pretence.
His charge was read in court thus: “Etegene Japheth (aka Mr. Tim Graw and Tom Cruise), on or about the 16th day of February 2022 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your possession several documents containing false pretences, one of which is a record of your conversation with several unsuspecting victims via your email address firstname.lastname@example.org, wherein you represented yourself as Mr. Tim Graw and Tom Cruise in order to obtain gift cards and money from them, a representation you knew was false.”
Instablog9ja said the young man pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him. In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Blessing John, reviewed the facts of the case and tendered in evidence the statement of the defendant as well as the bundle of fraudulent documents printed out from the iPhone 12 recovered from him.
The Nigerian portal further revealed that the prosecution counsel also prayed that he be convicted and sentenced accordingly. Justice Taiwo admitted them in evidence as exhibits A and B, and pronounced him guilty as charged.
He was, thereafter, sentenced to six months imprisonment, with an option of N200,000 fine. The convict was ordered to also forfeit all items recovered from him to the Federal Government of Nigeria.