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Notorious 419er, America Returnee, Uzoukwu George Charged With N7m Fraud [Photo]



A 31 year-old businessman, Uzoukwu George, who recently returned to Nigeria from the United State of America (USA), and accused of obtained the sum of N7 million from his business partners before travel out of the country has been arrested by the police.
It was gather that the America returnee who hails from Imo State, had collected the alleged sum from a couple Mr. & Mrs. Joachim Ezirim on the pretence of forming a joint venture business.
The suspect was also alleged to have travelled to the USA, immediately after he fraudulently collected the money, and stayed there for sometime while the couples were searching for him.
It was further gathered that ‎the suspect sneaked into the country and sold off all his properties and attempted to leave the country alongside his family, when he was arrested.
He was however arraigned before an Igbosere Chief Magistrate's Court, Lagos, over alleged  obtaining by false pretence and issuance of dud cheque.
‎The defendant, a resident of 22 Ogunlana Street off Adekunle Kuye Street, Aguda Surlere, Lagos, was arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretence and issuance of dud cheque.
The Prosecutor Inspector Abass Abayomi told the court that the defendant and others presently at large conspired to commit the alleged offences, sometime between the year of 2011 and 2014, at 6 Bambose Street, Lagos Island.
Inspector Abayomi further informed the court that the defendant converted the money he collected from his couple business partner, which I as meant for establishing a joint venture, and converted it to his personal use.
Abayomi also stated that the defendant also issued a dud FCMB's cheques with number 03002064 and 03002066 in the sum of N1million and N2.5 million respectively purported to be part of the refund of the money invested on the joint venture business, knowing that there was no money in his account. The bank rejected the cheques on presentation for payment.
According to the prosecutor the offence committed are contrary to and punishable under Sections 409, 312 and 319 (b) of the criminal law of Lagos state 2011.
The America returnee however pleaded not guilty the charges.
Following his not guilty plea, his lawyer Chief M. C Ikwunoh urged the court to grant him bail in libra term, as he has already been granted bail by the police and he has not jumped bail. Adding that the defendant came to court voluntarily.
But the prosecutor in opposition to the bail application, urged the court to discontenance the defendant's bail application in liberal terms, rather he urgeanyoned the Court to grant the defendant a very stringent bail ‎condition on the grounds that the defendant has concluded plans to travel outside the country.
Adding that he is currently based in the United States of America and that it was very difficult for the police to get him arrested.
After listening to the submissions of both parties, the presiding Magistrate, ‎Mrs Abimbola Komolafe, admitted bail to the defendant in the sum of N5 million, with two sureties in like sum.
The sureties according to the magistrate, gainfully employed, one of whom must be a blood relation, deposit N250,000 to the Court Chief Registrar's account.
She also ordered the defendant to deposit his International passport and the surety must sworn to affidavit of means.
The case has been adjourned till September 27, for mention.

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