Businessman Bags 4 Years Imprisonment for N1.49m ATM Scam

A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja on Monday, November 11, 2013, sentenced a businessman, Junior Williams to seven months imprisonment on each of the six count charges preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for offences bordering on conspiracy to defraud, attempt to obtain credit and possession of documents containing false pretences.

In his ruling, Justice O. A. Ipaye, ordered the convict to make full restitution of the sum of N1, 490,000 (One Million, Four Hundred and Ninety Thousand Naira), and undertake to be of good behaviour upon his release from prison custody.
Williams, who was first arraigned on October 30, 2013, had pleaded not guilty to the six count charge preferred against him. But the convict, through his counsel Olanrewaju Ajanaku applied to change his plea, which was granted by the court. A plea bargain agreement duly signed by the convict, his counsel as well as the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Ben Ubi paved way for his conviction.

The convict was arrested on May 17th, 2013, at Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Lagos following a complaint lodged by the hotel to the EFCC about his fraudulent card transactions.  The hotel found out that Junior Williams made several transactions including hotel reservation with a stolen card before he was arrested.

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