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Published On: Thu, Apr 17th, 2014

Trader, 39, faces N2.2m fraud charge

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A 39-year-old trader, Evelyn Iheanacho, was yesterday charged with N2.2million fraud at an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Iheanacho a resident of 3, Nike Obasa St., Shagari Estate, Ipaja, Lagos is facing a two-count charge of obtaining petroleum products by false pretenses.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Innocent Odugbo, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Nov. 19, 2012, at Apapa, Lagos.

He said Iheanacho received N2.2million worth of petroleum products from Grand Pet Energy Ltd, with the promise that she will sell the products and remit the proceeds to the company.

Odugbo noted that the accused also issued a dud Skye Bank cheque number 19757357 for N2.2million to Grand Pet Energy Ltd.

The prosecutor added that the trader issued the cheque with the full knowledge that there were insufficient funds in her account and that the cheque would be dishonoured when presented at the bank.

According to the prosecutor, the offences violate Sections 312(b) and 319(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 312 prescribes 15 years imprisonment for the offence of obtaining under false pretenses.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Miss Oluwatosin Fowowe, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case till May 2, for mention. (NAN)

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