Operatives of the EFCC on Tuesday arraigned a fraudster before Justice Lateefa Okunnu of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja for allegedly obtaining the sum of N3.9million from some foreigners fraudulently.
Adepitan Opere, a.k.a Skin Money, was arraigned on a 30-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence, forgery, uttering and impersonation.
Part of the charge read that, Opere on or about February 11, 2008 in Lagos with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N345,000, through his Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) account number 9044408081590, from one Dahlia Rose Ricketts a citizen of United States of America(USA) by false pretence.
The anti-graft agency alleged that on or about February 11, 2008 in Lagos, with the intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N90,000, from Anibolo Nkemdilim through his Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) account number 9044408081590, as part of his own share of money obtained from Dahlia Rose Ricketts a citizen of United States of America (USA) by false pretence.
Skin money was also alleged to have used a fake identity to defraud one Lisa Womack a citizen of United State of America of the sum of $1,400 through First City Monument Bank (FCMB) plc by false pretence.
Counsel to the EFCC, Mr Ben Ubi, also alleged that Skin Money also forged a driver’s license number AGL12405AA6 supposedly issued to him by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in the name Wale James, in order to facilitate obtaining money from GTB Plc.
However when the charges were read, he pleaded not guilty to all the 30-count charges.
At his counsel’s application, the court granted him bail in the sum of N7.5million with two sureties in like sum, with an order that one of the sureties must be a blood relative, own a real property, must be resident in Lagos and gainfully employed.
She ordered further that the sureties must show evidence of tax payment of three years payable to the state government and the Chief Registrar of Lagos State must verify the property.
Justice Okunnu added that Opere must report to EFCC every two weeks in a month and adjourned the case till April 30, 2013 for trial.