The FBI, EFCC nailed a Nigerian fraudster for $ 166,000 in fraud

The Commission on Economic and Financial Crime (EFCC) secured a conviction for Iweregba Daniel Chima on Thursday.

Judge Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos Special Misdemeanor Court sentenced Chima to 18 months in prison.

The convict created social media accounts and introduced himself as Larry Pham.

He cheated mostly female victims in the amount of 166,000 US dollars between July 2017 and June 2018.

The EFCC took action after a report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on his involvement in computer fraud.

Chima was charged on December 4, 2020, on charges of cheating, falsely apprehending and retaining criminally acquired property.

Chima pleaded guilty to three counts.

Bilikisu Bala Buhari, the prosecution’s defense counsel, called on the court to provide justice accordingly.

Judge Taiwo, during the sentencing, gave Chimi the option of a N300,000 fine.

The convict was ordered to pay $ 15,000 in favor of the United States consulate.

The refund is part of the money he illegally profited from.