A Chief Magistrate Court in Lagos has sentenced two Nigerian visa agents to fourteen years in prison without an option of fine.
The court found them guilty of defrauding the United States Consulate in Lagos of N50m.
The 44-year-old Adefila Adekunle and 25-year-old Busari Kabiru tendered fake visa payment receipt for B1 and B2 categories for 350 applicants.
However, the Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku of the Igbosere Chief Magistrate Court sentenced the two of them to jail.
Altogether, they were found guilty of the three-count charge brought against them by the police at the Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, Lagos during the trial.
On the other hand, a third defendant, Friday Attah, was set free for lack of evidence.
Adekunle confesses to the crime saying, “I conspired with Busari Kabiru and Friday Attah to defraud the US Consulate by using one original visa payment receipt for 350 fresh applicants and converted the money to personal use”.
“ After paying the normal fee for the customer seeking for B1 and B2 visas, we used the visa payment receipts issued by the embassy for other 350 fresh applicants by using the computer to erase the name on the original receipt and replaced it with other names and submitted to consulate official”.
Meanwhile, an official at the US Consulate in Lagos represented by the Regional Security Officer, Christopher Cicoria called the attention of the Police Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi to the case.