Court sentences internet fraudster who defrauded his victims by posing as James Bond

Justice S. M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State, on Friday, sentenced one Irabor Osarumwense who posed as Daniel Craig’s James Bond to two years imprisonment for fraud.

Osarumwense was arraigned by the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on one count charge of impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.

He was said to have fraudulently impersonated the identity of Daniel Craig, a British actor who now acts as James Bond 007, to defraud unsuspecting victims.

The charge against him readd: “That you, Irabor Osarumwense (aka 007 Daniel Craig James Bond), in Benin City, Edo State, within the jurisdiction of this court, did fraudulently impersonate the identity of Daniel Craig, a British actor by fraudulently sending documents to one Nansiri through the internet.

This document you claimed emanated from the said Daniel Craig with the intent to gain advantage for yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act 2015 and punishable under section 22(2)(b)(iv) of the same Act.”

Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge and in view of his plea, the prosecution counsel prayed the court to convict and sentence him in accordance with the plea bargain agreement between the parties.

Justice Shuaibu thereafter convicted and sentenced him to two years imprisonment with an option of N200,000 fine. The convict is also to forfeit the phone used in ommitting the crime to the Federal Government of Nigeria. He is also to undertake in writing to be of good behaviour afterwards.


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