Fake Importer Gets 3-Year Jail Time For Defrauding Businesswoman

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A 38-year-old man, Festus Ajaere, has met his Waterloo after defrauding a stove seller of N10 million and has been sentenced to 36 months in Kirikiri Prisons, Lagos.

The convicted criminal who posed as an importer on the false excuse of importing and supplying stoves to the businesswoman had earlier pleaded guilty to the charges.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Nurudeen Thomas told the court that the accused had some time in February 2012 at Evans Street, Lagos Island, obtained the money under false pretences.

“Ajaere, who said he was an importer with others still at large, defrauded a kerosene stove and lantern seller (names withheld) of N10 million under the pretext of supplying her stoves.”

In her ruling, The Chief Magistrate of Tinubu Court, Mrs Kikelomo Ayeye, said: “You are hereby sentenced to three years imprisonment with hard labour without an option of fine.”

She however, warned those in the habit of defrauding innocent citizens to desist and find decent jobs to do.

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