Court Convicts Banker for Identity Theft, Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Uyo zonal office, has secured the conviction of one Elijah Joseph John on a two-count charge of fraud and identity theft.

The convict was prosecuted before Justice Fatun O. Riman of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

John, a former staff of Diamond Bank was alleged by a certain Aniebeit Daniel Udeme (a customer with the bank), to have moved a sum of N400,000 from his (Udeme) account same day the money was deposited.

According to the complainant, the unauthorised transaction was reported to the bank, but was told that it could not be reversed.

Hence, he petitioned the EFCC.

Investigation revealed that it was John that moved the fund for personal use by fraudulently activating mobile banking on his phone, using the victims banking details under the pretext that he was assisting the victim in resolving a mobile banking issue.

John pleaded guilty to the charge and opted for a plea bargain.

Consequently, Justice Riman in his judgment delivered on February 20, 2018 convicted John and ordered him to pay a fine of N100,000 (One hundred thousand naira), warning the convict to always steer clear of crime and to always be of good conduct.

Meanwhile, the convict had paid a sum of N400,000 as restitution to the owner.

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