Man imprisoned for 2 years for being in custody of fraudulent documents


A Benin High Court, on Wednesday, sentenced a 23-year old man, Philson Bassey, to two years in a correctional centre for being in possession of fraudulent documents.

Justice Efe Ikponmwonba convicted Bassey who was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EDCC) after he prayed the court for a plea bargain agreement.

Ikponmwonba, however, gave him an option of N100,000 fine

The EFCC Prosecutor, Mr Elodie Immaculate, told the court that Bassey committed the offense in Benin on May 10.

He said that the convict was found to be in possession of documents containing false and fraudulent information.

Immaculate said that the offence contravened Sections 6 and 8(b) of Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act, 2006.

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He further said that the offence was punishable under Section 1(3) of the Act.

The prosecutor said that in the plea bargain agreement, Bassey pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted to forfeit the iPhone 7 cell phone and money with which he was charged.

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