On Monday, November 20, the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission secured the conviction and sentencing of Jesse Kassah (alias Devaun Smith Wayne).
He was sentenced to two years in prison.
Kassah was found guilty of impersonating an American soldier and ticket seller on Facebook, named Caitlin Morgan.
According to investigations, Kassah used his identity to defraud his victims.
He was jailed by Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court in Kaduna after pleading guilty to one count bordering on impersonation following his arraignment by the state command of the EFCC.
This was revealed by the anti-crime agency in a tweet on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday.
The statement reads: “That Jesse Joshua Kassah (alias Devaun Smith Wayne) (M) between January and October 2023 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, committed an offense namely; falsely identified himself as Devaun Smith Wayne; US military personnel and a ticket seller on Facebook (online social media application) to a certain Caitlin Morgan and which pretend that you knew they were false and therefore committed an offense contrary to Art. 142 section 1 of the Kaduna State Penal Code and punishable under Art. , 2017.”
After the charge was read to him, he admitted to committing the crime he was accused of.
Taking note of his plea, the prosecutor’s counsel, M. Arumemi, asked the court to find guilty and sentence the accused accordingly.
The judge “sentenced Kassah to two years in prison with an option of a fine of N150,000.
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of the Samsung Galaxy A02 phone used to commit the crime to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The statement added: “Kassah’s journey to the Correctional Facility began with his arrest in Karji area of Kaduna for internet-related offences.”