Woman arraigned for defrauding lawmaker of $49, 800

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A 37-year-old lady, Amarachukwu Chineke, who allegedly defrauded the representative of Idah federal constituency, Mr. Emmanuel Egwu, of $49,800, has been arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, in Lagos.

Chineke, whose residential address was not given, is facing a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining under the pretence and stealing preferred against her by the Police.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Friday Mameh, told the court that the defendant and others still at large, committed the alleged offence on September 19, at Abraham Adesanya Street, Lekki Lagos.

He claimed Chineke obtained the money under the false pretence that she was in a position to exchange the said sum to its naira equivalent of N15, 438,000.

Mameh said the defendant connived with others, who are yet to be found, to steal $49,800, the property of Emmanuel Egwu, on the pretext of giving him the naira equivalent.

According to him, the offence is contrary to and punishable under Sections 411, 314 (3) and 287 (5) (a), of the criminal laws of Lagos State, 2015.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Consequently, Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku granted her bail in the sum of N2million, with two sureties in like sum.

She stated that the sureties must have verifiable addresses and show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State government.

Thereafter, she adjourned the case till December 10.

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