Employee defrauds company with father’s business name
NEWS DIGEST – A man, Oluwatosin Adeyeye, has been arrested for allegedly defrauding a company, Courierplus Services Limited, of N131,250.
It was gathered that the 25-year-old worked in the Marketing and Communications Strategy Department of the firm.
He allegedly presented his father’s business name, Festabol Nigeria Enterprise, to the company for a printing contract.
PUNCH Newspaper learnt that Oluwatosin resigned a few days after a cheque was issued to Festabol for the contract.
He was alleged to have disappeared with the cheque.
An official of Courierplus Service Limited, Micheal Kadiri, said the company realised it had been defrauded when the contact person of Festabol said Oluwatosin was with the cheque.
He said, “A cheque of N131,250 was issued in favour of Festabol Nigeria Enterprise on April 6, 2018, which was collected by a dispatch rider, one Mr Femi, under the pretence of representing the enterprise.
“The money was meant for the purpose of printing T-shirts for Courierplus Service Limited. The project was handled by Oluwatosin Adeyeye, a worker in the Marketing and Communication Strategy Department.
“Oluwatosin presented Festabol Nigeria Limited as the firm handling the printing of T-shirts for the company without disclosing to any colleague or the company that it was owned by his father. A few days after the collection of the cheque, Oluwatosin resigned his employment.
“In his handover note, he gave the telephone number of one Mr Femi, who was supposed to be a representative of Festabol Nigeria Enterprise.
“Upon contacting Mr Femi to follow up on the printing of the shirts, he informed us that Oluwatosin had collected the cheque and he had not been able to reach him.”
Kadiri said the company later discovered that the suspect’s father’s company did not bid for the contract.
The suspect’s father, Oyebadejo Adeyeye, in his statement to the police, said his son deceived him into believing that he had done the printing job.
“My son approached me that he had a cheque that he wanted to pay into my account because the company that gave him the job which the cheque was meant for, refused to pay into his personal account. I gave him the details of my bank account.
“A few days later, he brought the cheque to me, which I helped him to pay into my account. I asked him about the job the money was meant for and he told me that he had done it and delivered it to the owner.
“However, I had my doubts. So, I wrote an undertaking for him to sign and I gave it to his elder brother to witness, after which I handed over the money to him.”
The suspect, Oluwatosin, denied defrauding the company, saying he could not be reached because his phone had a fault when he travelled.
He said, “When I returned to Lagos, I went straight to Courierplus Nigeria Limited to explain the reason for the delay, but I was surprised when I was taken to a police station. This job was done independently by me. The reason is that I trust myself enough to handle this job without issues because I had handled jobs that were bigger in terms of value and price.”
He was, however, arraigned before an Ogba Magistrates’ Court on two counts of fraud
The police prosecutor, Samuel Ishola, told the court that the offences contravened sections 411 and 314(3) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
The charges read, “That you, Oluwatosin Adeyeye, and others still at large, on April 6, 2018, at Courierplus Services Limited, Muritala Muhammed International Airport Road, Ikeja, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did conspire together to commit felony, to wit; fraud.
“That you, Oluwatosin Adeyeye, and others still at large, on the same date, time, and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did fraudulently obtain the sum of N131,250 from Courierplus Services Limited, under the pretece of printing 50 pieces of T-shirts for the company, which you failed to deliver.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs I. A. Abina, granted him bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties each in like sum.