Pregnant Cashier Remanded For Fraud

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A 29-year-old pregnant woman, Oluwakemi Efunkeye, a cashier with Paymaster Bureau De Change, Ojuelegba Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, has been remanded at Kirikiri Prison, Lagos, for allegedly defrauding a company to the tune of N3 million.

The pregnant cashier and her alleged accomplice, Funmilola Okewole, 21,were arraigned before an Ebute-Metta magistrate’s court, Lagos, on a 10 count charge of conspiracy, felony and stealing.

The pregnant woman was alleged to have used different people to withdraw the money from the company’s account with Fin Bank Plc. Ojuelegba at different times between May and June 2011.

P.M.NEWS learnt that the fraudlent act of the cashier was exposed when the company’s management discovered there had been some illegal withdrawals from the company’s account at the bank. When the management approached the bank for a statement of account it was discovered that the cashier had been sending different people to withdraw money from the account.

After the discovery, the company and the bank set up a monitoring team that arrested the cashier and her accomplice, who confessed to the act. When the cashier’s house was searched on the day of the arrest, the cash sum of N1million was recovered from her house.

They were later arraigned before the court on a 10-count charge. The offences, according, to the prosecuting police officer, Mr. Innocent Effiong, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, are punishable under Sections 509, 309(6) and 516 of the Criminal Code Cap. C17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

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They pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Mrs. M. O. Olajuwon, the presiding magistrate, admitted them to bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties in like sum

The court also ordered that the sureties must show evidence of paying three years tax to the state government, means of livelihood and must be residents of Lagos State.

The matter has been adjourned till 7 September, 2011 for mention

The pregnant cashier and her alleged accomplice were taken to Kirikiri Prison as they could not meet the bail conditions.

—Paul Sanusi