The female serial convict was imprisoned for three years for issuing a check – Punch Newspapers

Wale Oyewale, Ibadan

Former Deputy Secretary-General of the Oyo State High Court, Mutiat Adio, was sentenced to three years in prison for filing a check to buy a vehicle.

The Commission for Economic and Financial Crime, Ibadan Zone Office, said Monday that it had secured Adi’s conviction last Friday.

Adio was convicted after pleading guilty to a new indictment bordering on obtaining money by false pretense and issuing an unauthorized check, contrary to Article 419 of the Criminal Code, Capt. 38, Oyo State Laws of 2000 and Section 1 (1) (b) of the Dishonest Verification Act (Misdemeanors), Cap. D11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004

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The EFCC’s head of media and publicity, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said that by checking that value, Adio had procured a 2000 Toyota Pathfinder SUV, valued at 1,500,000, from Fabunmi Samuel of Fatai Olanrewaju Motors.

However, the check was embarrassed within three months of issuance due to lack of funds.

Following the indictment on January 30, 2018, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge, but turned around and pleaded guilty after the plea agreement led to a change in the charge.

Judge Owolabi subsequently found her guilty of the crime and sentenced her to three years in prison.

The court also ordered her to return the amount of N500,000 to the victim, in addition to the amount of N1,000,000 that she had previously paid.

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As events unfolded, Adio had a total of three convictions.

She was sentenced to seven years in prison on May 18, 2018, for obtaining N9.2 million from the Nigerian resident in Ireland, Abiodun Olonade, by false pretense.

Also, on March 6, 2020, she was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing N22,375,913 from Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

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