63-YR OLD PASTOR FORGES BANK MANAGER’S CHEQUE TO COLLECT N5MIL

lawA 63-year-old self-professed clergyman, Samuel Bonny, has been accused of cloning an Access Bank manager’s cheque worth N5 million.

Bonny, whose address was not given, is standing trial on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, fraud and forgery before an Igbosere Magistrate Court.

The Prosecutor, Nicholas Akpene, told the court that the accused and others at large committed the alleged offences on April 26, at Access Bank PLC. He added that the accused attempted to defraud Access Bank Plc to the tune of N5 million by presenting a cloned manager’s cheque for confirmation at the bank.

Akpene said that the accused forged the cheque and presented it so that it would be acted upon as genuine.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 363 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.

Bonny however pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, Mrs S. K. Matepo admitted him to bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

She said the sureties must swear to affidavit of means and must be tax compliant.

She adjourned the case till May 25 for mention.

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