Account Clerk Bags Three Months Imprisonment for Defrauding FMC of N8.3m

An Account Clerk with the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja, Kogi State, Mrs Modupe Adeyemi charged to court by Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission(ICPC) has been sentenced to three months imprisonment without an option of fine. 

The judgement was handed to her by the state High court sitting in Koton-Karfe Division of the Kogi state High Court.

The Accused person was said to have between October 2006 and April 2007 defrauded the Centre to the tune of N8.3 million been part of revenue accruing to the Centre.

The ICPC had therefore  dragged the accused to  court for 30 counts charge for allegedly misappropriating the sum of N8.3million belonging to the medical Centre while serving as Account Clerk with the Hospital.

She was arraigned on the 29th of November 2009 before the State High court for the offences of using her office to confer corrupt advantage upon herself, altering duplicate copies of various bank tellers with the intent to defraud and making false statements or returns contrary to sections 19, section 15 sub-sections (a) & (c) and section 16 of the Corrupt practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 respectively.

The ICPC prosecutor Henry Emore  informed the trial Judge each time the accused person was sent to deposit some money in various banks belonging to the Centre, she would deposit only part of the money and pocket part of the money. She did this successfully by altering duplicate copy of the bank tellers which she returned to the Centre.

The Prosecutor cited  an example of how she perpetrated the fraud by altering  the sum of N202,250.00  to  N2,250.00 and  before going back to the Centre, she would alter the duplicate copy to read the actual sum of N202,250.00. The various amounts in both figure and words were altered.

Delivering  judgment, Justice Alaba Ajileye lamented the delay associated with the case and admonished the accused person that her actions were reprehensible. He therefore sentenced her to three months imprisonment without option of fine. The accused  person was taken to Okene Prisons that same day.