Justice Abdu Dogo of a Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State has convicted and sentenced Felicia Daniel to one-year imprisonment for fraudulent conversion.
Daniel was convicted on Tuesday, 22nd March 2022 after pleading “guilty” to a one-count charge bordering on the fraudulent acquisition of funds in the sum of One Million, Two Hundred and Twenty-Five Thousand Naira (N1,225, 000.00) only.
The one-count charge read: “That you, Felicia Daniel “F”, sometime on 5th December 2020 in Makurdi, Benue State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, without lawful authority engaged in the acquisition of One Million, Two Hundred and Twenty÷Five Thousand Naira
(N1,225,000.00) only transferred to your Eco Bank account No. 0060300307/ 2161301698 by one Blessing Ibe Union Bank Account No. 0043349875, knowing that at the time of acquisition of the said money it was derived from the unlawful activity and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (1) (a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment Act) 2004 and punishable under Section 18 (2) of the same Act”.
The defendant pleaded “guilty” to the charge when it was read to her.
Upon her plea, prosecution counsel, M. Yusuf prayed the court to convict and sentence her as charged. Justice Dogo thereafter convicted and sentenced Daniel to one-year imprisonment, with an option of a fine of Three Hundred Thousand Naira only (N300, 000.00) only.
Daniel’s journey to the Correctional Centre began when a petitioner alleged that on 3rd December 2022, she mistakenly transferred the said sum to Felicia Daniel’s account number and all efforts to recover the money proved abortive.