A Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Tuesday, convicted Damilola Adeyeri and his mother, Alaba Adeyeri, on a four-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of $82, 570. preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
According to a statement from EFCC’s website, the convicts were arrested following a petition from the Federal Bureau of Investigation against Damilola Adeyeri and others now at large on an alleged case of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretence, money laundering and computer-related fraud.
Operatives of the Commission upon investigations found out that his mother was an accomplice in the crime.
Idi Musa, an investigator with the EFCC, while being led in evidence narrated to the court that the Commission received a petition from the FBI in April 2019.
Mr Musa explained that the petition alleged that the official email address of American Cranes Manufacturing company was hacked and as a result the sum of $82, 570. 00 was stolen by the fraudsters.
He told the court that the petitioner reported that there was a syndicate of fraudsters who defrauded many companies through business mail compromise and obtained millions of dollars from American citizens.
Mr Musa further revealed that Damilola was arrested on September 6, 2019, after which his mother was apprehended when she went to withdraw money from the bank upon hearing that EFCC was investigating her son.
He added that she purchased properties in the name of her son with the money made from the fraud.
The case was handled by Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke.