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January 30, 20202min450

Court Jails Ex-Banker Two Years for N2m Fraud in Enugu

The Enugu Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Monday, January 27, 2020, secured the  conviction of a former banker, Emeka Anyaegbunam, who was handed two years imprisonment  by  Justice V. Nwoye of Enugu State High Court, Onitsha,  Anambra State on one-count charge of  forgery, criminal diversion of funds and obtaining money by false pretence.

Anyaegbunam, who worked with a new generation bank, was arraigned on February 1, 2018 for cashing on the gullibility of a client who asked him as his account officer to acquire a federal government treasury bill to the tune of N2, 000,000 (Two Million Naira) for him, which he never did, but rather forged signatures of some of his senior colleagues and using same to fill the treasury bill certificate of the complainant, and subsequently withdrew monies from the said account.

The convict, investigation revealed, transferred the withdrawn sums from time to time to his personal accounts and that of his children.

In the course of the trial, prosecution counsel, Michael Ani called one witness and tendered several exhibits against Anyaegbunam to support his case.

Anyaegbuna’s  criminal activities came to fore sometime in 2017 when one of his clients who resides overseas came to complain that he has not been getting alerts on interest accruing from his treasury bill investment but was told by the bank that the said transactions with the suspect were illegally carried out.

The bank revealed that the convict was sacked by the bank upon the enquiries by EFCC and after an interim investigation revealed his several criminal infractions against customers.

Justice Nwoye after reviewing the evidences against

Anyaegbunam, found him guilty, convicted and sentenced him to two years imprisonment.

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