Fraudster goes to jail

2017-09-06 06:02

The law has caught up to Nigerian conman Adewale Eric Adebayo (38). He has been sentenced in connection with a string of fraud cases dating back to 2015.

The Bloemfontein Commercial Crimes Court recently sentenced him to ten years’ imprisonment after finding him guilty on fraud and corruption charges.

Capt. S’fiso Nyakane, provincial Hawks spokesperson, said Adebayo had been sentenced in terms of Section 276 1 (b).

He said Adebayo would serve five years in prison, after five years of the sentence had been suspended for five years.

He said the suspension was on the condition that Adebayo was not found guilty of any wrongdoing and was not convicted of fraud, any contraventions of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002, or any contravention of the prevention and combating of corrupt activities Act 12 of 2004.

Nyakane said Adebayo had defrauded businesses using cloned cards.

He said the conman had been apprehen­ded early in April in Botshabelo, shortly after purchasing two cellphones at a well-known sports shop using a cloned card.

Nyakane said at the time of his arrest, the fraudster had been on the police’s wanted list after he had failed to honour his bail condition.

He said the police had obtained a warrant to arrest Adebayo after he had reneged on his bail condition to appear in the Hennenman Court in connection with a fraudulent transaction in October 2015.

Nyakane said the investigation had discovered that Adebayo had fraudulently purchased various items at a supermarket in Henneman using cloned cards.

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