A former manager of the main market branch, Heritage Bank Limited, Fidel Omeje, has been arraigned on Thursday, October 8, 2020, by the Enugu Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before Justice D.A Onyefulu of State High Court, Onitsha on one count charge of stealing to the tune of Fifty Thousand United States Dollars ( $50,000).
The offence according to the charge sheet is contrary to Section 342 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 36,Anambra State and punishable under Section 353 (6) and (9) of the same law.
It was alleged that Omeje, used her position as a manager of the bank and account officer of the complainant, to withdraw the said sum from the domiciliary account of the complainant on July 20, 2011 without authorization and converted same to personal use.
The defendant pleaded not guilty upon arraignment, prompting the prosecuting counsel, Mike Ani to request for a date for commencement of trial. However, defence counsel, J.R. Nduka moved a motion for bail, saying the offence for which his client was charged was bailable.
Justice Onyefulu granted Omeje bail in the sum of N20, 000,000 (Twenty Million Naira) and a surety in like sum. She ordered that the surety must have evidence of tax payment, and landed property within the jurisdiction of the court and, its document deposited with the registrar.
The surety must also swear to an affidavit of means and produce two passport photographs each of himself and the defendant.
The case has been adjourned to November 26, 2020 for trial.
American court jails Canada-based Nigerian Morakinyo for cyber fraud, to refund $975,863
A court in the Western District of Texas on Wednesday sentenced Canada-based Nigerian, Olumide Bankole Morakinyo, to eight years in prison for conspiracy and money laundering.
He is also expected to refund $975,863 to the multiple victims of his crime.
According to the United States Attorney’s office, 38-year-old Morakinyo conspired with one Lukman Aminu to create illegal accounts for participants on the online portal of the Texas Employees Retirement System.
The court document, obtained by our correspondent, revealed that the duo used bank deposit information in the system to re-route pension payments to accounts controlled by Aminu.
With the physical debit cards of those accounts, Aminu withdrew the money and transfered or deposited the cash at Morakinyo’s directions.
“This defendant’s scheme and those like it victimise our most vulnerable citizens and cost taxpayers billions each year.
“Our office will use all of the available legal tools to identify and bring to justice those who commit cyber-enabled fraud and launder the proceeds,” U.S. Attorney Ashley Hoff said
During the hearing, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman also ordered that Morakinyo be supervised for three years upon completion of his jail term.
Aminu, on the other hand, was charged in a separate indictment, and was sentenced to a 51-month jail term on December 18, 2019.
Nigerian national residing in Canada, was sentenced today to eight years in prison and repayment of $975,863 in restitution to multiple victims for conspiracy to commit money laundering.
“This Defendant’s scheme and those like it victimize our most vulnerable citizens and cost taxpayers billions each year,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. “Our office will use all of the available legal tools to identify and bring to justice those who commit cyber-enabled fraud and launder the proceeds.”
“According to court documents, Morakinyo conspired with Lukman Shina Aminu, a resident of New Hampshire, to create unauthorized accounts for participants in the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) internet portal. Personally identifiable information (PII) of various ERS participants was used to make changes to their accounts in the ERS internet portal. Bank deposit information on file in the system was changed to re-route retirement payments to debit cards controlled by Aminu. Aminu, who possessed the physical debit cards, would withdraw money under instructions from Morakinyo and then transfer or deposit that money at Morakinyo’s direction.
“The debit cards were also used for cash withdrawals and to purchase money orders for personal expenses and for buying used vehicles to be shipped overseas to Nigeria and Benin for resale. With these international automobile transactions, Morakinyo and his conspirators laundered the fraud proceeds by concealing the source of the funds and making the money appear to be legitimate income.
Anti-graft Agency Sets to Probe Ogun Assembly Speaker, others For Alleged Misappropriation
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to probe the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, over alleged financial misappropriation, forgery and money laundering.
In a letter obtained by SaharaReporters, the EFCC asked the Clerk to provide it with information on all budget appropriations and allocations of the House from May 30, 2015 till date.
HEDA Sues Ex-Attorney-General, Adoke For Defamation, Seeks N100 Million In Damages
An anti-corruption group, Human and Environmental Development Agenda has dragged former Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, (SAN) to court, for allegedly publishing false and malicious claims, which the group said is damaging to its image.
In a suit filed at the FCT High Court in Abuja, HEDA has requested that Adoke withdraw a statement that is considered malicious and pay a sum of N100 million in damages
Adoke is the solicitor for two oil giants, Shell and Eni, who are also main suspects in the OPL 245 scam which led to a huge loss for Nigeria running in billions of dollars.
Shell and Eni had been on trial since 2018, relating to their 2011 purchase of an offshore Nigerian oilfield, known as “OPL 245”.
The companies agreed to pay $1.3 billion for the license to explore the field. $1.1 billion of the company’s payment was to be paid to Malabu Oil and Gas, a company controlled by Nigeria’s former Oil Minister, Dan Etete.
In the latest suit, HEDA’s lawyers have demanded payment of N100 million for damages to the reputation of HEDA Chairman, Suraju Olanrewaju, and a retraction of the false claims.
HEDA has assembled a team of lawyers led by human rights lawyer, Kunle Adegoke (SAN) to prosecute the case.
In the writ of summons, HEDA alleged that there were attempts to subvert the wheel of justice in the ongoing criminal trial of parties connected with the OPL 245 settlement agreement in Italy and Nigeria.
The group alleged that the suspects, who are currently on trial have tried to cover up their dirty tracks by resorting to blackmail and arm-twisting tactics targeting HEDA, which is leading the global campaign.
HEDA also alleged injury and malice against the company and its leading officials.
Lawyers of the anti-corruption agency said the allegations in the said statements are injurious to the character, reputation, and integrity of the organisation.
They also stated that HEDA does not deserve to be credited with “committing the offence of forgery or collusion with investigators and public prosecutors in Milan, Italy, and Nigeria with the unlawful aim of procuring false documentary evidence for use in subverting the wheel of justice in the ongoing criminal trial of parties connected with the OPL 245 settlement agreement in Italy and Nigeria,” as the statement implied.
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