A 39-year-old woman, Deborah Tella, was on Friday docked at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defrauding her employer’s company of N8.9 million.
The defendant, a company administrative support officer, who resides at 8, Akinwunmi St., Egbe, Ikotun in Lagos State, is being tried for fraud and stealing.
The prosecutor, Insp. Innocent Odugbo, told the court that Tella committed the offences between June 14, 2021 and June 21, 2022 at Everhealth Multi-Dynamic International Limited, located along Akowonjo Road, Egbeda in Lagos State.
Odugbo said that the defendant manipulated the company’s online trading platform by creating some fictitious accounts and placing artificial orders in them every week.
Odugbo also said that the defendant allocated goods to the numerous fictitious accounts she created and bonuses were paid into them weekly.
The prosecutor also said that the defendant stole some items belonging to the company that was meant to serve as compensation to its customers.
“The total amount of money and goods stolen were N8. 9 million; the property of her employer, Everhealth Multi-Dynamic International Limited,” he said.
The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravened Sections 287 and 390 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The magistrate, Mrs M.F.Onamusi, granted the defendant bail of N2 million with two sureties in like sum.
Onamusi adjourned the case until Dec.12 for mention.