The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned a suspected fraudster, Jules Suinner, before Justice Babs Kuewumi of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on three-count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain money by false pretences to the tune of N37m.
The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that Suinner allegedly hacked the email address and cloned the letterhead of a company named Greenview Development Nigeria Limited and used same to write a letter to Access Bank Plc to transfer the sum of N25m to the account of ICT Aid Foundation Cooperative Society domiciled with United Bank For Africa.
The money was allegedly transferred on July 14, 2015.
The statement added, “Also, the suspected fraudster, on July 22, 2015, allegedly wrote to Access Bank to transfer the sum of N12m to the account of one Tee-EM Nigeria Limited domiciled with UBA.”
One of the charges read, “That you, Jules Suinner, on or about the 13th day of July 2015, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to obtain money under false pretences, conspired with ICT Aid Foundation Cooperative Society (still at large) and others (still at large) to fraudulently impersonate officials of Greenview Development Nigeria Limited.”
The suspect pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him.
Justice Kuewumi ordered the suspect to be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case till September 14, 2016 for commencement of trial.
Meanwhile, the EFCC has also arraigned three suspects: Idorenyin Okon, Usen Akpan and Ukpai Onyike before Justice Kuewumi on a four-count charge bordering on impersonation and conspiracy to obtain money under false pretences to the tune of N18m.
The suspects allegedly defrauded different customers of a bank to the tune of over N18m over a period of two years.
They were, however, arrested at a Union Bank branch in Ibadan, Oyo State, in the process of obtaining an ATM card of another unsuspecting customer of the bank.
One of the charges reads: “That you Idorenyin Okon and Ukpai Onyike between February and April 2016 in Ibadan, Oyo State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to obtain an ATM card, conspired with Timothy Akpan (still at large) to fraudulently impersonate Esto Funmi Emmanuel.”
The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them.
Justice Kuewumi ordered that the suspects be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case till September 14, 2016 for hearing of the bail applications.