The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arraigned a businessman, Khareem Oluwaseyi, before a Lagos High Court in Ikeja for allegedly impersonating the United States Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to defraud people online.
The EFCC is prosecuting Oluwaseyi on a five-count charge of alleged possession of fraudulent documents.
But when the five- count charge was read to Oluwaseyi, he pleaded not guilty to the offences.
Lawyer to the EFCC, A.M. Ocholi, told the court that Oluwaseyi committed the offences on June 29 in Lagos.
Ocholi said, “The defendant (Oluwaseyi) goes by the alias Jeff Sessions and using the moniker, he had created an e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
“He had in his possession an e-mail correspondence containing false pretence titled: “Grant Money”, which he sent from that e-mail address to email@example.com, the e-mail address of an unsuspecting victim.
“Oluwaseyi had in his possession another e-mail correspondence titled: “Grant” which he sent from his Jeff Sessions e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org which he knew contained false pretence.
“He also had sent an e-mail: titled “no subject” which he sent to email@example.com, knowing same to be false.”
The prosecuting lawyer added that in addition to the e-mail correspondences, Oluwaseyi was also allegedly nabbed with a fraudulent document titled: “National Endowment for Humanities”.
According to Ocholi, the offences are contrary Sections 1(3) and 68(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
But following the plea of the defendant, Justice Oyindamola Ogala remanded Oluwaseyi in prison, pending the determination of the bail application.
The judge later adjourned the case till September 10 for the hearing of the bail application.