May 6, 2015 – A 19-year-old suspected internet fraudster Ojosipe Adebayo, has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), before Justice A.O Ipaye of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja.
He was arraigned on a two- count -charge bordering on possession of a document containing false pretenses and forgery.
The culprit who poses as Candice and Marty Jason is alleged to be a member of a syndicate of internet fraudsters that specialize in using fake cheques and scam mails to defraud unsuspecting victims.
The charges are: “That you Ojosipe Adebayo (a.k.a. “Marty Jason” and “Candice”) on or about the 8th day of May, 2014 at Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division had in your possession a document in which you represented yourself to be a single lady called Candice from Trenton, New Jersey, United States who helps the needy to organise Charity concerts and also helps the homeless to get funds for Motherless Babies Homes which representations you knew or ought to have known to be false having regard to be circumstances of this case”.
He however pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
In view of the plea of the defendant, the prosecution counsel, Ayokunle Fayanju prayed the court for a trial date and also for the defendant to be remanded in prison custody.
However, defence counsel, Michael Asai asked for a short adjournment in order to file an application for bail. Justice Ipaye subsequently remanded the defendant in Kirikiri Maximum Prison and adjourned the matter to May 21, 2015, for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial.