Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna High Court has sentenced Jesse Joshua Kassah alias Devaun Smith Wayne to two years in prison for “falsely presenting himself as a USA Military personnel”.
This is contained in the EFCC Official X page on Monday evening.
Kassah’s conviction and imprisonment was secured by the Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, November 20, 2023 ..
The convict was jailed after pleading guilty to one-count charge bordering on impersonation.
The charge reads: “That you, Jesse Joshua Kassah (a.k.a Devaun Smith Wayne), (M) between January to October, 2023 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, committed an offence, to wit; falsely presented yourself as Devaun Smith Wayne; a USA military personnel and ticket salesman on Facebook (an online social media application) to one Caitlin Morgan and which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 142(1) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017”.
In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel M. Arumemi urged the court to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly.
Justice Khobo thereafter convicted and sentenced Kassah to two years imprisonment with an option of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) fine.
The Judge also ordered the forfeiture of Samsung Galaxy A02 phone which was used to commit the offence to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Kassah’s journey to the Correctional Centre started when he was arrested at Karji area of Kaduna for internet-related offences.
Investigations revealed that he impersonated an American soldier, Devaun Smith Wayne and used his identity to defraud his victims in the process.