Sales representative in court over alleged N1.3m fraud against Unilever

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A 37-year-old sales representative, Ronke Onasi,  on Wednesday appeared before an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun for allegedly defrauding Unilever Nigeria Plc. of N1.3 million.

Onasi, whose address was not provided, was arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, fraud and obtaining money under false pretences. The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecutor, Insp. Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the defendant and others still at large committed the offences in 2016 and 2017 at Kilometre 120, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Ota.

Mustapha alleged the defendant and the others conspired  to collect Unilever products worth N1.3 million on the pretext of selling the products and remitting the proceeds to the company.

“The defendant sold the products and converted the money to her personal use instead of remitting the money to the company, ” he said.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 390(6) 421 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr O.L. Oke, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Oke directed that the sureties must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction, be gainfully employed and have evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government. He adjourned the case until Nov. 28 for substantive hearing. (NAN)

– Nov. 18, 2020 @ 15:05 GMT |

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