Bureau de change operator arrested for fraud

A 41-year-old member of the staff of High Flyer Bureau de Change, Ikeja, Omen Samuel, on Tuesday, appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly obtaining N5.7 million under false pretext.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Donor Perezi, told the court that the offence was committed between Oct. 7 and Oct.12, 2015 at Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.

Perezi said the complainant, Clement Ebere, paid N5.730, 000 into the accused account to help him send it to his business partner in China.

Samuel, he said, was charged with conspiracy, obtaining by false pretext and stealing.

The prosecutor said the complainant wanted the accused to convert the money to dollars and remit it to his business partner in China.

He said the accused converted the money to his personal use, adding that the offences contravened sections 285, 312 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Samuel pleaded not guilty to the offences.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O. A Layinka, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of one million naira with two sureties in like sum.
She adjourned the case till Nov. 8 for mention.

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