A 25-year-old undergraduate of the University of Port Harcourt has been remanded in the Port Harcourt Correctional Centre, for impersonation and obtaining money by false pretense following his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The UNIPORT undergraduate, Sunday Noble, was remanded on the orders of Justice E. A Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt.
The defendant was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Port Harcourt’s Zonal office March 10, 2020 on a four count charges of internet fraud.
Defense counsel F. E Enigwe had moved an application for the bail of Noble which was opposed by the prosecution, E.G Omeje.
Justice Obile ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Port Harcourt Correctional Centre pending determination of bail application while the matter was adjourned till April 6, 2020.
One of the counts reads: “That you Sunday Deele Noble on or about the 13th day of February, 2019 within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, did fraudulently obtained an iPhone 7 worth $319.84 USD with shipping cost of $14.69 USD through FedEx Shippers from Julie Fink and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.
The defendant pleaded “Not guilty” to the charges.
Noble was arrested in a raid based on actionable intelligence on his alleged fraudulent activities.
According to the EFCC, “Investigation shows that the defendant presented himself as Ryan Murray, a Florida, United States-based contractor on Facebook, and used the false identity to defraud his victims – Julie Fink and Mary Real.
Apart from the iPhone 7, Fink sent a total sum of $5,886.91 USD to the defendant.”