Tailor convicted for refusing to return N99,000 transferred in error to him
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, November 4 secured the conviction of a man for refusing to return N99,000 transferred to him in error. Orhena Bartholomew was sentenced by Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court, Makurdi, Benue state after the Makurdi zonal office of the EFCC filed a case against him.
The EFCC had received a petition from a complainant, who operates Firstmonie Cash Point concerning Bartholomew’s action. The complainant alleged that Bartholomew, a tailor by profession, came to him to transfer N1,000 only to his friend in Lagos, but that he, the operator, mistakenly transferred N100,000.
The complainant said he contacted Bartholomew afterwards to refund him his N99,000 balance, but the tailor claimed he was already on his way to Lagos and would not return. The friend in Lagos, however, saw the money and sent the entire N99,000 back to Bartholomew’s account.
However, instead of Bartholomew sending it to the agent, he converted it to his personal use and instead bought a motorcycle with it. He pleaded guilty to the charge after the EFCC arrested and arraigned him in court.
Following his plea, prosecution counsel, G. G. Chai-Yakua urged the court to accept a plea bargain agreement earlier reached with the defendant and convict him accordingly. Justice Olajuwon convicted him and sentenced him to two years imprisonment with option of N50,000 fine.
The N99,999.00 which Bartholomew was mandated to pay in the course of the investigation was paid to the complainant as restitution, while his motorcycle was forfeited to the federal government.