A businesswoman docked over N1.7m visa fraud

A 52-year-old businesswoman, Elizabeth Ibeawuchi, was on Wednesday arraigned in Area 1 Court, Kado, Abuja, for collecting N1.7 million to process Australian visa for a prospective traveler.

Ibeawuchi, who lives in Dutsen Makaranta, Abuja, is standing trial for conspiracy and cheating.

The prosecutor, Insp. Simon Ibrahim, told the court that Johnpaul Eze of No. 3, Heritage Home, AMAC Housing Estate, Airport Road, Abuja, reported the matter to the police on Dec. 15.

Ibrahim said that the accused along with two others at large, conspired and collected N1.7 million from Eze with a promise to help him to process Australian visas.

He said the accused collected the money from the complainant in June but failed to honour the agreements.

The accused, according to the prosecutor, failed to deliver the visas as agreed, and could not refund the money she collected when asked to do so.

Ibrahim said the offences contravened sections 79 and 322 of the Penal Code.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges when her plea was sought by the court.

The presiding Judge, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, admitted the accused to bail of N500, 000 and a surety in like sum.

Sadiq said the surety must be a level 12 officer in the Federal Government and residing within the court’s jurisdiction.
He adjourned further hearing in the case till Jan. 7, 2015. (NAN)

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