An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced two Cyber fraudsters to a total of 40 years imprisonment for defrauding a United State citizen of an amount of $250,000.
The convicts, Abass Abubakar, 23, and Iddrisu Danjuma, 24, were sentenced 20 years each by the court presided over by Mrs Patience Tetteh-Mills.
They were convicted on their own plea of guilty.
The Director General of the Criminal Investigation Department, DCOP Prosper K. Agblor giving details to the ‘Times’ said that Abubakar in 2009 met the victim Barbara Rich on a dating site called “Date hook –up” on the internet.
DCOP Agblor said Abubakar introduced himself as James, aged 63, and a contractor at Palm-Springs, a suburb of California in the USA.
He said the victim also happened to live in the same state, and the two engaged in chatting for some months which led to a love proposal by Abubakar.
The victim agreed to the proposal and later suggested that Abubakar should drive half way to meet each other since they both lived in California.
DCOP Agblor said Abubakar agreed and fixed a day to meet the victim.
However, within 48 hours he informed the victim that stakeholders of his late father’s gold firm in Accra wanted to see him to take over from his father’s position as the Chief Executive Officer of the company which he claimed was in Accra.
“The Director General said Abubakar told the victim that he had to travel to Ghana for the meeting and could not meet her as scheduled.
Abubakar proceeded immediately to Accra and took over the gold company and made the victim a shareholder.
Mr. Agblor said the accused later demanded and collected an amount of $250,000 installment within a period of one and half year for buying shipment of gold to the victim which did not materialize.
He said Abubakar later demanded for another $4,000 to be given to the Police Officers to facilitate the shipping process.
The victim who suspected the accused persons of fraud reported their behavior to the US embassy who also informed the police.
DCOP Agblor said the $4000 was used as bait by the Police which led to the arrest of the two at the Nkrumah Circle.
He said during interrogation they both admitted the offence.
Abubakar during investigations denied collecting $250,000 from the victim but a $60,000.
He added that the money was used to furnish his room, buy a flat screen television, home-theater system, laptop, air conditioner and tile his room.
DCOP Agblor said the items had since been retrieved from the room.