Three female sales representatives and an accountant on Wednesday appeared in a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, charged with defrauding their employer of N85 million.
The accused, all residents of Mushin in Lagos are: Juliana Enwerem, 45; Prisca Alisi, 34; Priscilla Obinna, 32; and the accountant, Gibson Okene, 58.
They pleaded not guilty to a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, breach of peace and stealing.
The prosecutor, Romanus Unuigbe, told the court that the accused committed the offences between 2013 and May 2014 at No 4, Palm Avenue, Mushin.
He said the accused, workers of Full of Grace Global Services, conspired and sold MDF and HDF plywood valued at N85 million and converted the money to personal use.
Mr. Unuigbe also said the first accused (Ms. Enwerem) conducted herself in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace when she was caught issuing receipts at a lower price after she sold them at a higher price.
He alleged that the second accused (Ms. Alisi) had started selling plywoods at a warehouse she opened at No. 111, Palm Avenue, Mushin, with the proceeds from the company’s goods.
The offences contravened Sections 168 (d), 286, 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015 (Revised).
The Chief Magistrate, P. A. Ojo, granted bail to each of the accused in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
He said sureties must be blood relations of the accused from the father’s side and should produce evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case has been until July 26 for substantive trial.