A 51-year-old banker, Yetunde Iyabo Adewunmi, was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 for corruption, assistance and fraud abatement.
Adewunmi was convicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, before Federal High Court 2 Justice Peter Lifu, sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, of the one-count amended charge against her.
The investigation by Commission officials revealed that the convict used her role as a new-generation bank employee in Ile Ife, Osun State to forge two identity cards for one Abayomi Samuel Onalaja, an internet fraudster, to enable him to cash two Western Union payments obtained from his foreign victims.
She was said to have benefited from the illegal transactions by N236,736 (Two Hundred and Thirty-Six, Seven Hundred and Thirty-Six Naira). Based on the findings, the Commission originally lodged a five-count indictment based on money laundering against her, but later changed it to one-count after agreeing with her on an option of plea bargaining.
The amended complaint alleged that she was guilty of an offense pursuant to Section 27(2) of the Cybercrimes Act, 2015. She pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced accordingly.
Prosecutor Shamusuddeen Bashir had previously appealed to the court to accept the terms of the plea bargain that included repayment of the crime’s proceeds, and also stated that the sum had already been collected by the Commission.