Fraudsters Bag 5 Years Imprisonment Over N18M Fraud

* Pix source: The Nigerian Voice

 

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos today  convicted an ATM fraud stars to 5 years imprisonment for defrauding different bank customers to the tune of over N18 million within a period of two years.

Justice Ibrahim Buba arrived at his decision after closely examining the prosecution evidence  and that of defence in sentencing the accused.

The convicts Usen Akpan and Ukpai Onyike were arraigned on a five counts charge for allegedly defrauded different customers of a bank to the tune of over N18, 000,000 (Eighteen Million Naira) over a period of two years.

Counsel for the Economic and Financial Crime Commission(EFCC), Ekene Iheanacho,  submitted before the  court in the cause of trial that Usen Akpan and Ukpai Onyike were arrested at a Union Bank branch in Ibadan, Oyo State, while in the process of obtaining an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card of another unsuspecting customer of the bank.

Usen Akpan and Ukpai Onyike were arraigned on a five -count charge bordering on impersonation, conspiracy and  obtaining ATM cards of Union Bank customers under the cyber crime act.

The convicts  all pleaded not guilty when they were arraigned on October 7, 2016 thereby setting the stage for their trial.

In the course of  trial, the prosecution presented six witnesses and tendered relevant documents, which were all admitted in evidence.

Delivering his judgement today, Justice Buba said the prosecution had proved its case beyond any reasonable doubt.

He, therefore, sentenced the first convict to 5 years imprisonment with an option of fine of N4 millon.

The second convict got 2 years imprisonment with an option of  of N2.5 million fine.

 

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