Court jails former UK convict for defrauding hotel

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Judge Mojisola Dada of the Ikeja Special Misdemeanor Court, Lagos, on Friday sentenced a former British detainee, Ahmed Adebola, to one year in prison for defrauding the Radisson Blu hotel of 4.4 million naira.

Judge Dada sentenced the defendant after pleading guilty to an amended count of obtaining by false pretence, an offense which contravenes Section 312 of the Lagos State Criminal Laws, 2011.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had, on May 30, charged the convict with an amended count of obtaining by false pretence.

EFCC lawyer Ahmed Yerima said Radisson Blu hotel management filed a petition against the defendant with the commission, after defrauding the hotel of $4.4 million. naira.

The prosecution argued that the EFCC received a report from the hotel in December 2020 and alleged that the defendant, who had stayed at their establishment, from time to time made payments by credit cards and American Express in favor of the hotel and the payments were recalled by the unified payment system.

Yerima said: “Based on information obtained between December 15 and 16, 2020, the accused checked into the hotel again and was arrested based on the previous allegations against him.

“A search was carried out on him and nine different credit cards, bearing different names, were recovered from him, of which six out of nine were American Express.

‘Two UK driving licenses were recovered from him at the time of arrest, all of which contained the same particulars including the accused’s photo and the only difference was the name.

“The defendant stated that the cards were given to him by a certain Jim Collins, whom he had met in the UK and knew that credit cards were not issued legally and did not know card owners.

The prosecution further said an investigation had been extended to the National Crimes Agency in the UK to confirm the authenticity of the defendant’s cards, driving licenses and criminal record, if any.

“The team received a response from the NCA indicating that the driver’s licenses were forged documents, including the credit card.

“The NCA also said the defendant was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment in the UK for offenses akin to bank card fraud, driving offenses and others which subsequently resulted in his deportation “, said the prosecution.

In rendering his judgment, Judge Dada sentenced the accused to one year’s imprisonment.

Dada said: “The defendant is hereby sentenced to one year in prison, having been on bail so far or pay an option of a fine of N2 million.

“All items recovered from him are hereby forfeited to the federal government and to be written a euphemism never to return to the same crime again.”

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