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N36m Scam: Fraudster Gets 10 Years Sentence
A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory,has sentenced one Joseph Morah to 10 years imprisonment without the option of fine for obtaining the sum of N36 million from Awalu Abdulrahman, a Bureau de Change operator by false pretence in 2006.
Spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said the convict was first arraigned on November 1, 2006 and re-arraigned in 2011 on an amended three count charge of obtaining money under false pretence.
He was docked alongside three others namely, John Obiamalu, who was discharged and acquitted, Sani Musa and Elvis Ezeani both of whom are at large.
Working with his accomplices, he was alleged to have convinced his victim to part with the said sum under the pretext that they were going to transfer the Naira equivalent to him.
Not suspecting foul play, Abdurrahman convinced his brother Nurudeen who resides in Ghana on the genuineness of the transaction and eventually paid the sum of N36 million to the convict.
However, suspicion grew when the person Nurudeen sent to accompany Morah and his co-accused to collect the Naira equivalent was pushed out of the car.
Three of the five accused, obiamalu, Joseph Morah, and Ezeani who later jumped bail, were initially arrested.
According to prosecution counsel, Maryam Aminu Ahmed, five witnesses were called in the course of trial.