Travel agent jailed for 10 months over N1.5m visa scam

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Magistrate Ibrahim Emmanuel of a Kaduna High Court sentenced Bayo Oluwatobi, a travel agent, to 10 months in prison for a N1.5 million scam.

The magistrate sentenced Oluwatobi on Wednesday after pleading guilty to the charge against him.

What happened in court

Mr. Frank Raymond had filed a complaint that Mr. Oluwatobi had fraudulently obtained 1.5 million naira from him on the pretext of obtaining a French visa and ticket for him.

However, the convict did not hand over the ticket allowing Mr. Raymond to travel as planned.

Prosecution attorney Inspector Chidi Leo argued that the offense violated the provisions of Sections 314 and 287 of the Kaduna State Penal Code 2017.

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In his judgment, Magistrate Emmanuel ordered the defendant to pay the sum of 1.5 million naira as compensation to Mr. Raymond, the plaintiff.

Following his guilty plea, the court sentenced him to 10 months imprisonment with the possibility of paying a fine of 20,000 naira.

In case you missed it

  • Nairametrics previously reported how an American allegedly defrauded two Nigerians of $368,698 under the guise of getting them green cards.
  • The defendant in the case, Mr. Marco Ramirez, was indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an amended charge of nine counts bordering on obtaining money under false pretences.
  • In May, Magistrate Emmanuel indicted a 33-year-old civil servant, Suleiman Farouq, for allegedly defrauding 15 job seekers of N3.2 million.
  • The defendant had promised to secure jobs for the 15 job seekers after claiming to be an agent of the State Internal Revenue Service.
  • After convincing job seekers to pay N213,000 each in order to help them find jobs, he never found them jobs and did not return their money.

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