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Fake land agent, Godwin Francis jailed 1 year for fraud

Justice Z. B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Kaduna, on Tuesday sentenced a fake agent, Godwin Francis, to one year imprisonment for defrauding a businesswoman of N600,000.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Francis with fraud.

Justice Abubakar sentenced Francis, following his guilty plea.

The judge however, gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N250,000 and warned him to desist from committing crime.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 10:58 am | Metro | 0 Comment(s)

Justice Z. B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court, Kaduna, on Tuesday, sentenced a fake agent, Godwin Francis, to one-year imprisonment for defrauding a businesswoman of N600,000.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Francis with fraud.

Justice Abubakar sentenced Francis, following his guilty plea.

The judge, however, gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N250,000 and warned him to desist from committing a crime.

Earlier the EFCC counsel, P. C. Onyeneho told the court that Francis was arrested on June 28, in Enugu State by the operatives of the EFCC zonal office, following a report by the Special Operation Section (ISOS) of the commission.

According to him, sometime in February 2019, the convict defrauded businesswoman, Linda Paul of N600,000 by pretending to be a land agent.

He said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 307 of the Kaduna State Penal Law.

Counsel to the defendant, A. A. Mohammed, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.

Mohammed said that his client does not have a criminal record.

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