Lebanese Fraudster Pleads Guilty, Jailed, Forfeits N100m And Benz To The FG

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has sentenced a Lebanese cyber criminal, Hamza Koudeih, to one-year imprisonment or a fine of N1million in lieu of jail.

Justice Tijjani Ringim, who convicted him, also forfeited Koudeih’s N100million to the Federal Government. The N100m was hidden in the bank account of CHK Property Investment Ltd. Also forfeited were the convict’s luxury Mercedes Benz GLE43 SUV, two iPhones and a HP Desktop computer.

The judge handed down the judgment after upholding a plea bargain agreement Koudeih entered with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The sentence was in accordance with the terms of the deal.

The EFCC arraigned 2nd defendant Koudeih in November last year alongside his Nigerian co-defendant Kayode Philip, alias ‘Voice of the King’. They pleaded not guilty to a charge of engaging in cyber fraud and attempting to retain the sums of $6million and £1million in the Bank of China. The EFCC said they also “knowingly engaged in computer phishing and spamming which resulted in acquiring sensitive informationâ€

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