Cybercrime: Teenage fraudster convicted

By Ilugbo Adebisi and Ayeni Olayinka

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday (Wednesday) secured yet another conviction at the Kwara State High court, Ilorin.

National Pilot gathered that the criminal, Kareem Quadri Bello 18, was charged to court by the anti-graft agency on offenses bordering on criminal breach, impersonation, fraud and obtaining under false pretence.

Bello was charged and found guilty of impersonation, pretending to be a white woman by the name, Bella Allen, in order to extort gift cards and money from unsuspecting white men.

It was gathered that the criminal through the use of the email,,under the fake identity of Bella Allen obtained $40 USD from one of his victims.

An agent of EFCC, Ayo Ganiyat, who was brought in as a witness, disclosed that sometimes ago the EFCC Ilorin Command received an intelligence report about the activities of a suspected internet fraudster at Unigate Hostel, Oke-Odo Area of Ilorin, Kwara State.

Upon the information, surveillance was placed on the suspect ,Bello who was later arrested on the 4th of May 2021 and was brought to the EFCC Office in Ilorin.

Items said to have been recovered from the defendant were iPhone 7+, infinix hot 8 and a Smart wrist watch.

Analysis was conducted on his devices in his presence which revealed that he was operating the said email address, where he represented himself as a white female Bella Allen.

Several documents containing his email address were printed in his presence in which he used the address to cheat Samuel Hellins pretending to be in love relationship with him and fraudulently obtained $20 US dollars from him.

He was said to have also chatted Maxwell, another white man and obtained $40 USD gift card  from him as well.

The defendant made it known in his statement that he had only benefited $60 US dollars from all his activities over time.

He was found guilty of the offences leveled against him, as confirmed by the exhibit found on him and was convicted as charged.

The defence counsel, Barrister S.T Yahya prayed the judge to temper justice with mercy, according to Session 417 Sub D of Kwara State Law, noting that his client is a first time offender and that he is a young boy, who has just clocked 18.

The presiding judge, Justice Akinpelumi, in his ruling sentenced the defendant to 6 months imprisonment with an option of a fine of N150,000 to the Government.

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