By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
A final year student of Business Administration at a private university located in Ondo State, Fisayo Adetoro, was on Thursday found guilty of impersonation, forgery and money laundering, and sentenced to cumulative 13 years in prison and N1,000,000 fine.
Adetoro, who was said to be a first-class candidate on 4.5 Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate (CGPA), was convicted by Justice Folashade Olubanjo of the Federal High Court 1, Akure, in a criminal case filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan zonal office.
He was originally arraigned on January 18, 2017 on a six-count charge, but pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The allegations, according to the charge sheet, including falsely representing himself to be Bawa Mohammed Sanni to defraud his victims to the tune of thousands of United States Dollars.
He was also accused of using the fake name to register for a Nigerian Driver’s Licence bearing his photograph, as well as laundering running into millions of naira.
The EFCC, represented by Dr. Ben Ubi and Sanusi Galadanchi, called five witnesses, including two victims of his money laundering activities, to prove its case, while the accused called three witnesses.
After evaluating the arguments on both sides, the presiding judge found Adetoro guilty in four of the six charges and was sentenced to two years for falsification of documents (Count 2). and three years for uttering official documents (Counts 3 and 4).
The court sentenced him to five years imprisonment with a fine of N1,000,000 for money laundering (Count 6). The jail terms are to run concurrently.
Justice Olubanjo, however, considered the convict for a suspended sentence of six months of community service.
The judge yielded to his counsel’s pleadings which were premised on his health, academic standing and the fact that he had refunded all the money he fraudulently collected.
The suspended sentence, according to the court, would only stand if he observes the days without breaking. The judge warned that if he misses one day within the six months stretch, the original sentence will be fully affected..