A former Deputy Chief Registrar of the Oyo State High Court, Mutiat Omobola Adio, has been convicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Friday.
Her conviction followed after pleading guilty to a new charge on obtaining money by pretence and disbursement of Dishonored Cheque contrary to Sections 419 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000 and Section 1 (1) (b) of the Dishonored Cheque (Offences) Act, Cap. D11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
She allegedly obtained a 2000 Model Toyota Pathfinder SUV valued at N1, 500,000 (One Million and Five Hundred Thousand Naira) from one Fabunmi Olatunji Samuel of Fatai Olanrewaju Motors under false pretence stating that the vehicle would be paid for, once the cheque she issued him for the price of her vehicular purchase is presented to her bank.
The victim handed over the vehicle to her but the cheque was rejected within three months of issuance due to insufficient funds in the account.
Up until her arraignment on January 30, 2018, the defendant had initially been pleading not guilty to the charges but later changed her plea to ‘guilty’, after a plea bargain agreement, following the amendment of the charge.
Justice Owolabi thereafter pronounced the defendant guilty of the offence and served her a three years prison sentence.
The Court also ordered her to refund the sum of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) to her victim, one Fabunmi Olatunji Samuel of Fatai Olanrewaju Motors, which is in addition to the sum of N1,000,000 (One Million Naira) she had previously refunded the victim.
With this pristine development, Adio scores a hat-rick of convictions following her two sentences for fraud. On May 18, 2018, she was served seven years imprisonment for obtaining N9.2 million from one Abiodun Olonade, a Nigerian resident in Ireland, under false pretence.
Again, on March 6, 2020, she was found guilty and served a prison sentence of five years for stealing a large a sum amounting to N22,375,913 (Twenty-Two Million, Three Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirteen Naira), from Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.