Nigeria: fake check scammer nabbed

Central Scrutinizer

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Ah, the old "Indian pharmaceutical" scam....

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday February 1, 2017 arraigned one Emmanuel Iloka a businessman before Justice Ijem Onwamegbu of the State High Court sitting in Onitsha on one count charge bordering on "Issuance of dud cheque".

It was alleged by a petitioner that sometime in July 2015 the accused person approached his friend (complainant) to partner with him in the purchase of a container load of pharmaceuticals, especially a drug called 'texamegazone' from India for them to share the profit wherefrom on 50/50 basis.

He however gave the accused person the sum of (N3,100,000.00) Three million one hundred thousand Naira, equivalent to $15,000USD as his own contribution to the amount needed to finance the importation while the accused person in return, gave the complainant an invoice indicating that the purchase has been done and that the said money has been remitted and received by the production company in India.

According to the complainant, since 2015 when the transaction was initiated, nothing has been done as the products were not supplied. He added that the accused person told him the products had factory defect and that they are reproducing them.

All effort to recover the money proved abortive as the accused person became evasive

The matter was subsequently reported to the EFCC.

Prosecution counsel Mainforce Adaka Eku, applied that the charge be read to the accused person who pleaded "not guilty" to charge leveled against him.

Defense counsel A.M Obi applied for bail of his client which was opposed by the prosecution on the ground that the accused had jumped administrative bail granted to him earlier by the Commission.

He was however, granted bail in the sum of N1,000,000.00(One Million Naira Only ) and two sureties in like sum each of whom must present an evidence of tax payments and must also be a residents of the jurisdiction of the Honorable Court.

The case has been adjourned to 7th February, 2017 for trial.

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