UNILAG student 'Yahoo Boy' Jailed for Promising love & defrauding an American lady
For allegedly defrauding an American lady, Kathy
Lunsford through the internet under the pretext of marriage, a University of
Lagos student, Michael Opaleye has been sent to jail by a Lagos State High Court Opaleye was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment
today by Justice Aishat Opesanwo for defrauding Miss Kathy Lunsford, of 9,200
US dollars under the pretext of getting married to her.
The convict who is studying computer science at
UNILAG had pleaded guilty to the charge of obtaining by false pretense and
He had entered into a plea bargain deal with the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) and offered to pay back the
money to his victim.
The judge in her judgment, said the sentence would
commence on 15 March when he was first arraigned before the court. She also ordered Opaleye after his release from
prison,to pay N100,000 monthly to the victim through the EFCC until he refunded
the total amount involved in the scam.
The convict is also to forfeit the electronic
appliances and other items purchased with the proceeds of the crime, which were
recovered from his house during the investigation, to the EFCC. EFCC counsel, Mr Anselem Ozioko said Opaleye had
between 2008 and 2011, swindled Lunsford by making a phoney marriage proposal
to her through e-mail.
He said Lunsford had sent Opaleye the said amount
as part of his traveling expenses from the United Kingdom to the United States
of America to facilitate their marriage. Ozioko said the defendant forged a Nigeria drivers License No. WWD24174AAJ, which he claimed was issued by the Federal Road Safety
He said the Opaleye forged a bank draft which he
claimed was issued by the Bank of Ireland, Dublin. The offenses according to him had contravened
Sections 419 and 467 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State 2003.