Female Accounts Clerk Jailed 3 Months Over N8.3m Fraud

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An accounts clerk with the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Kogi State, has been sentenced to three months imprisonment by a State High court sitting in Koton-Karfe, for defrauding the centre of N8.3 million.

Mrs. Modupe Adeyemi, who was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, was jailed without an option of fine.

The ICPC arraigned the accused person alleged to have between October 2006 and April 2007 defrauded the Centre to the tune of N8.3 million, being part of the revenue accruing to the centre, on a 30-count charge of allegedly misappropriating the sum of N8.3million belonging to the medical centre while serving as accounts clerk with the hospital.

Mrs Adeyemi was arraigned on November 29, 2009, before the State High court for the offences of using her office to confer corrupt advantage upon herself, altering duplicate copies of various bank tellers with the intent to defraud and making false statements or returns, contrary to sections 19, section 15 sub-sections (a) & (c) and section 16 of the Corrupt practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 respectively.

ICPC prosecutor, Henry Emore, informed the trial judge that each time the accused person was sent to deposit some money in various banks belonging to the centre, she deposited only a part of the money and pocketed part of it.

According to the prosecutor, she did this successfully by altering duplicate copies of the bank tellers which she returned to the centre.

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