Estate agent gets 12 month jail term over N372,000 fraud

Fasilat Oluwuyi

An Ogun State Magistrate court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta on Tuesday sentenced a 25-year-old estate agent, Awesu Saheed to 12 months imprisonment for defrauding his clients of the sum of N372,000 meant for house rent.  

The convict had pleaded not guilty to the nine-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretense and unlawful conversion.

While giving his judgment, the Magistrate, Olakulehin Oke said the convict was found guilty of five-count charge out of the nine-count charge levied against him.

Oke argued that the prosecution has proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.

He however gave the convict an option of N80,000 fine and ordered him to refund the sum of N300,000 to two of the complainant.

Earlier the Prosecutor, Insp. Olu-balogun Lawrence told the court that Saheed committed the offences between August and December 2018 at about 2pm at Omida area of Abeokuta.

Lawrence said the defendant obtained the sum of N200,000 from one Alhaji Ganiyu Lolowo on a pretense to help him secure two bedroom apartment which he never did nor refund the money.

“The defendant also collected the sum of N100,000 from one Mr Shotayo Joshua, the sum of N12,000 from one Mrs Sherifat Oyeyemi on a pretense to help her rent a container.

“He as well obtained the sum of N60,000 from one Mrs Olufunke Komolafe in false pretense to help her secure a shop which he never did nor refund the money”, he said.

Lawerence further said the defendant denied knowing the complainants and that he never collected any money from them.

According to him, the offence committed is contrary to and punishable under section 419,390(9), 516 of the criminal code Laws of Ogun State 2006.

 

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