EFCC docks businesswoman over N3.2mn dud cheque

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The accused is being arraigned by the EFCC on a two count charge of fraudulently obtaining money and issuance of dud cheque.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, arraigned one Lizzy Chichi Otti before Justice Suleiman Aliyu of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on a two-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence and issuance of dud cheque.

The accused, in February, 2012 at Port Harcourt, allegedly issued one Ecobank cheque of about N3.9 million to one Gordian Peters, which was returned unpaid at presentation due to insufficient funds.
The cheque, according to the complainant, was payment for a facility granted by Moskelly Services Limited to enable the accused supply diesel to Reynold Construction Company.

When the charge was read to the accused she pleaded not guilty.

One of the charge reads: “that you Lizzy Chichi Otti sometimes in February, 2012 at Port Harcourt in the Port Harcourt Judicial Division did with intent to defraud obtained from one Gordian Peters the sum of Three Million, Two Hundred and Ninety Eight Thousand Naira (N3,298,000.00) by issuing him a post dated Ecobank cheque drawn on your account in the sum of Three Million, Two Hundred and Ninety Eight Thousand Naira ( N3,298,000.00) only knowing that the said account was unfunded, that the cheque was meant for the payment of unsupplied goods by you and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act”.

Justice Aliyu granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 and one surety in like sum. The surety must be a civil servant from Rivers State.

The case was adjourned to October 10, 2013.


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