The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a suspected scammer, Sunday Simon, popularly known as Eggold, at the Kaduna State High Court, for allegedly defrauding an American, Garri Kalish, of the sum of $800.
Simon was said to have engaged in dishonest practices while pretending to be romantically involved with Kalish.
He was arraigned on a two-count bordering on cybercrime.
His offence “contravened Sections 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offence Act, 2006, and were punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”
The counts partly read “That you, Sunday Simon (a.k.a Ryan Eggold), male, sometime in April 2023 in Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of $800(eight hundred United States dollars) from one Garri Kalish, a citizen of the United States of America under the pretence of being into a romantic relationship, a pretence you knew to be false, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offense Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two charges.
Because of his plea, prosecution counsel Kazeem Ogunlade prayed to the court for a trial date and the remand of the defendant at the Kaduna Correctional Centre.
“Meanwhile, defence counsel, K.S Istifanus, made an oral bail application which was opposed by Ogunlade.
“After listening to both counsels, Justice Isiaka adjourned the matter till October 24, 2023, for the hearing of the bail application
“Simon was arrested by operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC at Agwa, Trikania in Kaduna in a sting operation.
In the course of investigations, his mobile phone was analysed which revealed different fake Instagram accounts and Facebook accounts where he presented himself as an American actor, Ryan Eggold, in his chats with unsuspecting women,”.