A businesswoman, Doyin Adebowale Adekoya was on Thursday convicted and sentenced to six months community service for fraud.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stated that the convict was arraigned before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, along with her company, D.D. Unique Multi-Concept, on February 7, 2017.
She is facing a nine-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing and obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of N20,547,900 (Twenty Million, Five Hundred and Forty-Seven Thousand, Nine Hundred Naira).
According to EFCC, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrant and Internally Displaced Persons had awarded a contract to her for the supply of 101 tricycles. Following the supply of the items, she was paid a sum of N22,547,900 instead of N20,547,900.
It stated that she mistakenly got another sum of N20,547,900 (Twenty Million, Five Hundred and Forty-seven Thousand, Nine Hundred Naira) for the same contract.
And upon discovering the error, she was contacted by officials of the Commission to return the second payment but all efforts to get a refund were rebuffed by the defendant.
She had pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
In the course of the trial, prosecuting counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, called three witnesses and tendered several documents admitted in evidence by the court as Exhibits A to O15.
Delivering judgment, Justice Oshodi convicted her for stealing and sentenced her to six months community service at the Lagos State Rehabilitation Centre, Majido, Lagos.
Justice Oshodi also directed the EFCC to auction the two buses recovered from the convict at the current market value and transfer the proceeds to the Federal Government on behalf of the Commission.