Oreoluwa Adesakin, the former employee of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has been handed a cumulative of 98 years in prison for fraud.
The former FBN worker was found guilty of stealing N49,320,652.32 and another $368,203 belonging to the bank.
Newsnaija learned Adesakin was said to have converted the sums to her personal use.
The convict was prosecuted by the Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) and convicted on 14 counts bordering on stealing, forgery, and fraudulent accounting.
One of the charges read, “That you, Oreoluwa Adesakin, sometime between the months of May 2013 and November 2013, at Ibadan within the Ibadan Judicial Division, whilst being a staff member of First Bank Plc, stole the sum of N25,974,116.13 from First Bank Plc MoneyGram payment naira account, a property of First bank Plc.”
However, she pleaded not guilty to the charges, which compelled her trial.
Usman Murtala, The prosecution counsel, presented vital documents and witnesses, which nailed the convict.
Justice Muniru Olagunju of the Oyo State High Court noted that the EFCC’s evidence against the convict was clear and showed that the agency did a diligent investigation on the case.
Justice Olagunju declared Adesakin guilty of all the charges and sentenced her to seven years in prison without an option of fine on each of the 14 counts. The jail terms are to run simultaneously.
Adesakin convict is asked to also pay compensation for the money she stole to First Bank through the EFCC.
The convict was arraigned on April 4, 2014, by the EFCC following the conclusion of an investigation into a petition dated December 18, 2013, which was written by her former employer.
The bank claimed in the petition that Adesakin, as its money transfer operator charged with the responsibility of effecting payment through Western Union Money Transfer and MoneyGram platforms, fraudulently manipulated the accounting system and withdrew the sums of N49,320,652.32 and $368,203 for herself, which it uncovered while reviewing its internal account.
Newsnaija gathered that the EFCC also established the fact that the convict used part of the proceeds of her crime to acquire landed property in different parts of Oyo State.