Jay Jay bags two years in prison


The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of Joan Uruvbu aka Jay Jay on a two-count charge bordering on and intent to defraud.

Acting EFCC spokesperson, Mr. Tony Orilade, in a press statement , Tuesday in Abuja said Jay Jay was convicted and sentenced by Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta state.

He said one of the charges brought against her read: “That you,  Joan Uruvbu (alias Jay Jay)  Daniel Mercedes, Paul Tommy and Sally (all at large) between 2018 and 2019 in Benin City within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did conspire to use attached email to obtain personal  identification information of others online to use same to file fraudulent tax returns with the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States of America ( USA) and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section (27)(b) of the cybercrime(prohibtion prevention etc) Act ,2015 and punishable under Section 36(1) of the same Act.”

He said the convict had pleaded guilty and in view of her plea, the Counsel for the EFCC prayed the court that the defendant be convicted and sentenced accordingly.  

However, the Defence Counsel, John Okhihiegbe, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant was a first-time offender, a youth who had a future ahead of her and has shown remorse.He said Justice Emeka Nwite after listening to the defence and prosecution convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years in prison commencing from the date of arrest or a fine of N1 million.

All items recovered from the defendant are to be forfeited and restitution made to her victims.

Justice Nwite also ruled that the convict signs an undertaking to be of good behavior henceforth.

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