Court Jails Heritage Bank Account Officer Over N21.8m Fraud
Fred Omotara, Lagos
A Lagos State Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Yaba has sentenced an Account Officer with Heritage Bank Plc, Eniola Omosanyin, to seven years imprisonment over an alleged N21.8 million fraud.
Chief Magistrate Yetunde Balogun convicted and jailed Omosanyin after she found him guilty of two out of the seven-count charges of conspiracy, fraud and stealing of cheques brought against him by the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU).
In her judgment, Magistrate Balogun held that the prosecution had successfully proven the charges of conspiracy and N21.8 million fraud against the banker beyond all reasonable doubt.
The court, however, cleared the convict of forging Spring Bank cheques, which he used in perpetrating the criminal acts.
Magistrate Balogun sentenced the convict to one year imprisonment on count one without an option of fine, and seven years on count two, but with an option of paying the sum of N21.8 million, as restitution to the fraud victim.
The police prosecutor, Daniel Apochi had told the court that the convict committed the offences between 2011 and 2014 while working at the Heritage Bank’s headquarters, Lagos, as an Account Officer