63-yr-old Clergy Clones Bank Manager’s Cheque, Robs Him Of N5m

A Lagos State magis­trate court yesterday docked a 63-year-old self-acclaimed clergy man, Samuel Bonny, who alleg­edly cloned Access Bank manager’s cheque worth N5 million,

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Bonny is standing trial on a three-count charge bor­dering on conspiracy, fraud and forgery.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Nicholas Akpene, told the court that the accused com­mitted the alleged offences on April 26, at 2:00 pm, at Access Bank PLC, Lagos.

He said that the accused attempted to defraud Ac­cess Bank PLC to the tune of N5 million by presenting a cloned manager’s cheque for confirmation at the bank.

The prosecutor said the accused forged the cheque and presented the cheque knowing it was false and that it would be acted upon as genuine.

He said that the offences contravened sections 363 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

The accused pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, Mrs S. K. Matepo admitted him to bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

She said the sureties must swear to affidavit of means and must be tax compliant.

She adjourned the case till May 25, 2016 for mention.

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