Female serial convict jailed three years for issuing dud cheque

Published February 16, 2021

Wale Oyewale , Ibadan
A former Deputy Chief Registrar of the Oyo State High Court, Mutiat Adio, has been sentenced to three years ’ imprisonment for presenting a dud cheque for the purchase of a vehicle .
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , Ibadan Zonal Office , said on Monday that it secured Adio ’s conviction last Friday .
Adio was sentenced after pleading guilty to a fresh charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretences and issuance of a dud cheque , contrary to Section 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 . D 11 , Laws of the Federation of Nigeria , 2004 .

The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC , Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said Adio obtained a 2000 Toyota Pathfinder SUV , valued at N 1, 500 ,000 from one Fabunmi Samuel of Fatai Olanrewaju Motors with a cheque of that value .
However, the cheque was dishonoured within three months of the issuance for insufficient funds.
Upon arraignment on January 30 , 2018 , the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge , but turned round to plead guilty after a plea bargain agreement led to the amendment of the charge .
Justice Owolabi thereafter pronounced her guilty of the offence and sentenced her to three years in prison .
The court also ordered her to restitute to the victim the sum of N 500 , 000, in addition to the sum of N 1 , 000 ,000 she had previously paid .

With the development, Adio has had a total of three convictions.
She was sentenced to seven years ’ imprisonment on May 18 , 2018 , for obtaining N 9 . 2 m from a Nigerian resident in Ireland , Abiodun Olonade , on false pretences .
Also, on March 6 , 2020 , she was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for stealing N 22 , 375 ,913 from Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

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