FUTO student charged with $11,522 fraud

An undergraduate of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Michael Uwachukwu, has been arraigned before the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for fraud.

Uwachukwu was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before Justice J.K Omotosho on four counts bordering on impersonation and obtaining money by false pretences. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to the EFCC, Uwachukwu, under the guise of being evicted by his landlord, obtained $11,522 from a citizen of the United States of America, Krisha Arsenio.

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Following his plea, the prosecuting counsel, A. Osu, asked the court for a trial date, while the defence counsel, H .O. Amaefule, orally prayed the court to grant the defendant bail, which was declined by the court.

Omotosho adjourned the matter till January 21, 2021, and ordered that the defendant be remanded in the Port Harcourt Custodial Centre pending the determination of his bail application.

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