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Footballer Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Internet Fraud

Jacob Wisdom Chukwuemeka, a professional football player, was found guilty and given a 12-year prison term for offenses involving online fraud and the possession of fraudulent funds.

On Monday, October 4, 2022, Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court, sitting in Ilorin, Kwara state, sentenced him to prison.

Due to the fact that Chukwuemeka was brought before the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, or EFCC, for arraignment, he was sentenced to prison after entering a plea of guilty to two counts involving the possession of fraudulent funds.

Footballer Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Internet Fraud

Count one of the charge reads: “That you, Jacob Wisdom Chukwuemeka between 6th May 2021 and 22nd April 2022 within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did retain the control of the gross sum of N792,454.00 (Seven Hundred and Ninety Two Thousand, Four Hundred and Fifty Four Naira Only) in your bank account number 3137249795 with the name: Jacob Wisdom Chukwuemeka domiciled with First Bank Plc which you knew to be proceeds of criminal conduct and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 17 (a) and (b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004”

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He pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

Following his plea, the prosecution attorney, Aliyu Adebayo, asked the court to find him guilty and sentence him accordingly.

Chukwuemeka was given concurrent sentences of three years in jail on counts one and two by Justice Sani in his ruling. However, he had the choice of paying a fine of N792,454.00 (seven hundred and ninety thousand, four hundred and fifty-four naira only) for the first count and N300,000 (three hundred thousand naira only) for the second. He forfeited to the federal government the iPhone 11 he used to carry out the crime and a draft for N250,000 (only two hundred and fifty thousand naira).

When Chukwuemeka was detained by EFCC agents from the Ilorin Zonal Command for holding on to suspicious funds in his bank accounts, his journey to the Correctional Center began. He was under investigation but was unable to account for the money.

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