Court Jails Job Scammer, Wonder Bank Operator
Man Jailed Three Years over SPDC Job Scam
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Port Harcourt Zonal Office, on Monday February 17, 2020 secured the conviction of one Anaero Chimecha David over fake Shell Petroleum Development Company job offer.
The defendant who was prosecuted before Justice A.T Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on a six- count charge, obtained the sum of N175,000.00 from his victim under the pretext of helping her secure employment with the Shell Petroluem Development Company, SPDC.
One of the charges against the convict reads, “That you, ANAERO CHIMECHA DAVID and others now at large sometime in January 2019 at Port Harcourt Judicial Division did with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of One Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand Naira only (N175,000.00) from one MISS OBULOR JULIET HUOMA under the false pretence that you will offer her a job with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) under a scheme you coined “special internal recruitment for indigenous candidates of members of staff”, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence, contrary to section 1(i)(a) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act”.
David who was arraigned on October 15, 2019, pleaded “not guilty” to the six count charge preferred against him. But in the course of trial, he opted to change his plea to “guilty”, thereby paving way for his conviction.
Defence counsel, M.N Ikechukwu Agwu pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy since the convict is a first offender without any previous conviction record.
The prosecuting counsel, Okorie Celestina did not object.
Justice Mohammed thereafter convicted and sentenced the defendant to three years imprisonment.
The convict has fully restituted his victim.
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Wonder Bank’ Operator Jailed Three Years
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Sokoto Zonal Office, today, February 17, 2020, secured the conviction of one Amina Kabo (a.k.a Fauziyya) before Justice Mohammed Mohammed of the Sokoto State High Court sitting in Sokoto. She was convicted on a one-count amended charge bordering on Cheating to the tune of N907, 500 (Nine Hundred and SevenThousand, Five Hundred Naira).
Kabo, a fake manager at Olive Micro Finance Bank, who allegedly collected the sum from 108 victims, pleaded guilty to the charge when she was arraigned.
In view of her plea, the prosecution counsel, Buhari Mohammed Balarabe, asked the court to convict and sentence the defendant in line with the plea bargain agreement.
However, the defence counsel, Shamsu A. Dauda, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as his client was a first time offender who has become remorseful. He also told the court that the defendant has restituted the victims in the sum of N907, 500.00.
Justice Mohammed, thereafter convicted and sentenced the defendant to three (3) years imprisonment with an option of fine of Thirty thousand naira (N30, 000). He also ordered full restitution to the Victims.
Amina was arraigned on a one-count amended charge of Cheating contrary to Section 310 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 311 of the same law.
The convict’s journey to prison started when the operatives of the Commission arrested her on December 4, 2019 at No. 26 Dubabe Plaza, Opposite Asibiti, Eastern By-pass, Tamaje, Sokoto following petition against her dubious activities.
She was alleged to have been collecting monies, ranging between N5,000 to N10,000 from unsuspecting victims under the guise of opening accounts for them with a view to granting them loans in the following categories: N5,000 for N50,000 Loan; N7,000 for N100,000 Loan; N8,000 for N200,000 Loan; N9,000 for N300,000 Loan and N10,000 for N400,000 Loan.
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