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Published On: Thu, Jun 5th, 2014

Housewife defrauds applicants using forged FCDA letters, Witness tells court

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A prosecution witness has told a Chief Magistrates’ court, Karu, Abuja, of how one Roseline Ojo allegedly forged employment letters of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to defraud two job seekers of N300, 000.

Ojo, a housewife, was arraigned by the police on February 13 on two counts of criminal conspiracy and forgery, which she denied.

Led in evidence by the Prosecutor, Mr. Atteh Effiong, the witness, Insp. Hassandy Waziri, who was the Investigative Police Officer (IPO), identified the two victims as Peter Iduh and David Edache.

He said; “a case of criminal conspiracy and forgery was transferred from Garki Police Station to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for proper investigation.

“We were briefed that two job seekers, Iduh and Edache, were arrested with fake employment letters stating that they were administrative staff of FCDA.

“Investigation into the matter revealed that the signed letters, which were issued on the FCDA letterhead, originated from the accused, and that she collected the sum of N150, 000 each from her victims.’’

According to him, further investigation reveals that the accused conspired with her brother, who is now at large, to commit the crime.

A search was carried out on the accused person’s apartment where police investigators found nine other fake letters of employment.

“Among the fake letters of employment, was one bearing the accused person’s name and the sum of N300, 000 was also recovered from her,’’ Waziri further alleged.

The prosecutor then tendered a written statement allegedly made by the accused at the station, the fake letters and the N300,000 recovered from her as exhibits.

The exhibits were admitted by the court.

Counsel to the accused, Mrs. Ifeoma Chukwunyere, asked the court for a short adjournment to enable her to prepare herself for cross-examination of the IPO.

After listening to the testimony, Chief Magistrate Hadiza Shagari adjourned the case until June 17, for cross-examination by the counsel to the accused. (NAN)

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