ICPC: Court Convicts Woman of Visa Fraud 

Continuing in its successful onslaught against visa fraudsters, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has caused a Lagos State High Court, sitting in Ikeja, to convict one Faustina Chinelo Ude, for attempting to procure the British Visa with a fake bank statement of account.

Ude was charged before Hon. Justice Mojisola Dada, by the Commission on one count bordering on procuring false documents to mislead constituted authority.

The court was told that the offence committed by the convict violated Section 25 (1) (a) and punishable under 25 (1) (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000. 

The court also heard that the convict presented a false statement of account from the United Bank for Africa (UBA) to the British Deputy High Commission, Victoria Island, Lagos State, to support her visa application to the Consular.

ICPC noted that her intention was to mislead the British Deputy High Commission into granting her visa based on a fake statement of account.

Counsel to the convict, Eubena Amedu, pleaded with the court to show mercy to her, saying she was a first-time offender and had cooperated fully with the prosecution.

Justice Dada, in her ruling, found the accused guilty and sentenced her to a fine of N200, 000 in addition to a bond of N300, 000, with the condition that she must be of good behaviour for one year.