Iheanacho Jailed 7 Years Over N9 million Scam




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A Nigerian man, Iheanacho Chikwendu has been jailed by a court in Umuahia, Abia .

Emeka Isiagor of the Federal High Court, Umuahia, Abia convicted and sentenced Chikwendu who is a fake Travel Agent to seven years imprisonment for defrauding the sum of N9 million.

He jailed March 19, 2021 after a four-year trial in a 10-count charge preferred against him by the Port Harcourt Zonal of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, . The charges bordered obtaining money by false pretence.

Count One of the charges reads: “That you Iheanacho Chikwendu or about the 15th September, 2016 at Umuahia, Abia within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud obtained the sum of Four Million Naira only N4,000,000.00 your First Bank Plc Account 3078148618 by false pretense, when you presented yourself as a travel agent to Mary Nwankwo and capable of procuring a Canadian for her daughters, a pretense you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary Section 1 (1) (b) of the Advance Fee and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable 1(3) of the same Act”.

Count Three Read: “That you Iheanacho Chikwendu or the 23rd of November, 2016 at Umuahia, Abia State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud obtained the sum of Three Million Five-Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only N3,550,000.00 your First Bank plc Account 3078148618 by false pretense, when you presented yourself as a travel agent to Mary Nwankwo and capable of procuring a Canadian for her daughters , a pretense you knew to be false and thereby committed an Offence contrary Section 1 (1) (b) of the Advance Fee and Other Related Offences Act 14 of 2006 and punishable Section 1(3) of the same Act”.

The defendant pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, thereby prompting a full-trial of the case that lasted four years.

Isiagor, in , found Chikwendu guilty, convicted and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment on counts 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8, and discharged him on counts 1, 4, 9, & 10 of the charges. He ordered him to make a restitution of N9million to the .