Hackers jailed for 3 years for defrauding KLM, British, Turkish airlines
Two Internet fraudsters, , have been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for hacking the emails of KLM, Turkish and British airways and stealing the sum of $750,000 and N120m.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja gave the judgement after the convicts pleaded guilty to six counts bordering on conspiracy to retain and retaining stolen items filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Following their pleas, the prosecutor, Idris Mohammed, prayed the court to review the facts of the case.
Mohammed said the EFCC Advance Fee Fraud section on September 2, 2020 led an investigation after receiving a report about suspicious transactions and money laundering.
The investigation led to one Kehinde Adelakun, who was convicted in October 2020.
According to Mohammed, Sikiru’s name and his company, Alvine First Resources Ventures, came up while investigating Adelakun, adding that he operated corporate accounts with First Bank and Sterling Bank Plc.
He said, “Upon analysis of the two accounts belonging to the second defendant (Sikiru), several inflows were discovered from different companies between March and July 2020 reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities and further analysis of the accounts showed that there was a balance of N196,741,261.82 and N9.3m was retained in the Sterling Bank and Polaris Bank accounts of the second defendant.
“The second defendant (Sikiru), when confronted, admitted that majority of the funds received in his accounts were from the first defendant (Bakare) and when the first defendant was confronted, he admitted that he was into business email compromise fraud between 2009 and 2020 and that he hacked into the emails of KLM, Turkish Airlines and British Airways, and in the cause of perpetrating the said fraud, he benefitted the total sum of $750,000, while the second defendant also benefitted the sum of N120m through his conspirator, Dayo Bamgbose, who resides in Texas, USA, but is now deceased.”
The prosecutor, Mohammed also told the court that Bakare spent his loot on acquiring properties, while he retained the remaining sums in Sikiru’s account.
After reviewing the facts of the case, Justice Taiwo sentenced the duo to three years’ imprisonment and ordered that the convicts forfeit the sum of N204,041,216.82 and other properties to the Federal Government.
The properties forfeited are Mercedes Benz E500; Toyota Hilux 2020 model; five-bedroom duplex on Ibrahim Beto Street, Osapa London, Lekki, Lagos; four-bedroom semi-detached duplex at Ologolo Jakande, Lekki; and a four-bedroom semi-detached duplex on the Southern View Estate, Mayor Court, Chevron Alternative Road, Lekki, Lagos.
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