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JUST IN: Fake American soldier sentenced to two years imprisonment

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Kaduna Zonal Command secured  the conviction and sentenced Jesse Joshua Kassah, (A.k.a Devaun Smith Wayne) to two years imprisonment.

On Monday, November 20, 2023, Kassah was jailed by Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court, after pleading guilty to one-count charge on impersonation upon being arraigned by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC.

Kaduna court convicts man of impersonating American soldier

The count charge reads:

“That you, Jesse Joshua Kassah (Alias 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”.

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 the 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 in the Karji area of Kaduna for internet-related offences. Investigations showed that he impersonated an American soldier, Devaun Smith Wayne and used his identity to defraud his victims in the process.

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