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Court arraigns fake property agent over alleged N600,000 fraud

The Police on Friday docked a 34-year-old businessman cum property agent, Umorem Lewis, at a Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly duping an unsuspecting client of N600,000.

The defendant, who resides in Jabi by Mr. Biggs, Abuja, is facing a three-count charge of criminal breach of trust, cheating, and forgery.

The Prosecutor, Mr. Dabo Yakubu, told the court that Lewis committed the offences on Jan. 24 at about 4:00 p.m.

Yakubu said that the defendant deceived one Abbas Hassan of Agwu Close, Garki, Abuja and collected the said sum from him.

He said that Lewis deceptively convinced Hassan that he was a property agent, hence that he would use the money to rent an apartment for the latter.

Yakubu further said that the defendant converted the said sum of money to his personal use, without the consent of the house owner.

According to him, the defendant went ahead to forge a rent receipt which he delivered to his unsuspecting victim.

The offences contravened Sections 312, 322 and 364 of the Penal Code.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Mrs. Elizabeth Wonni, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N2, 000, 000 with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case until May 30, for hearing.

Credit: The Herald

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