LAGOS: IN what is the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s first conviction of the year, a man has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for offences bordering on conspiracy, impersonation and obtaining money by false pretence.
Monday Agha has been prosecuted at the Federal High Court in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State fraudulently opened several accounts in different banks using fictitious names with which he conspired with one Moses to defraud some unsuspecting victims.
Justice Ongetenu convicted the accused on six of the eight counts preferred against him. The convict was also ordered to pay N2,73 million in restitution to the complainant.
According to the charge sheet, Monday (alias Nwachukwu Peter Elom), Elder Emmanuel Elom, Obinna Chijioke, Agatha Chigbata Munachi, Anthonia Nwigwe and an Hon PA Odonio all at large sometime between December 2010 and April 2011 in Ebonyi State, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N515 000 from Chinyere Bright through Oceanic Bank (now Eco Bank) by false pretence that the said Bright had been awarded a contract for the printing and supply of 25 000 pieces of polo shirts by the Government of Ebonyi State.
They said the money was for mobilisation and processing of the said contract. The convict had previously been convicted by a Federal High Court, Enugu and sentenced to seven years in prison for defrauding a university don of N805 000.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY