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Lagos court jails fraudulent man for 14 years

27 February 2015, 09:01Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - A man who fraudulently received N2,7 million from a colleague purportedly to help him secure a luxury car only to convert the money to his own use will spend the next 14 years behind bars for his troubles.

Justice Adebisi Akinlade of the Lagos State High Court, sitting in Igbosere, has sentenced Abiodun Ibrahim Atobatele to jail for obtaining the money by false pretense.
The convict collected the money from one Chief Gabriel Onipede, in the guise of helping him get a vintage model of Lexus Sport Utility Car, but failed to deliver on the promise.

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Upon arrest, Atobatele confessed that he used the money to pay his house rent and cater for his wife's spiritual problems

He was arraigned on a two-count charge, bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, contrary to section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Akinlade found him guilty on the two counts and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment on each count. The sentence is to run concurrently.

The judge also directed that he should hand over his landed property at Ifon, Osun State, to EFCC as restitution.

- CAJ News


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