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Popular Social Media Influencer Remanded Over Alleged N110m Fraud

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On Tuesday, August 16, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission charged internet influencer Portia Emilia with fraud for allegedly defrauding N110 million before a Lagos Special Offences Court in Ikeja.

She appeared in court with Savanah Crest Investment Limited, her business.

The EFCC has filed a six-count complaint against the defendants accusing them of conspiring, obtaining property through deception, and stealing.

EFCC alleged that the offences were committed sometime in 2018 in Lagos.

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The commission said that the defendants allegedly conspired amongst themselves and stole the sum of N50 million.

The charge reads:-

“That you Portia Anthony Emilia and Savanah Crest Investment limited with intent to defraud dishonestly stole and converted to your use the sum of N50 million.

“With intent to defraud, fraudulently obtained the sum of N20 million from one Racheal Akintola and dishonestly converted to personal use.

“That you Portia Anthony Emilia and Savanah Crest Investment Limited with intent to defraud dishonestly obtained the sum of N20 million from on Wendy Daniel.

“That you Portia Anthony Emilia and Savanah Crest Investment limited with intent to defraud dishonestly obtained N20milion from one Ruth Boloatte.”

The offences committed are contrary to and punishable under Sections 411, 287 (5) criminal law of Lagos State.

Sections 280 (1),(2) 8, 285 (1) and 278 (1) (b) of the criminal law of Lagos State 2011.

And Sections 1 (1) (2) and (3) of the advanced fee fraud and other related offences Act No 14 of 2006.

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However, the defendants, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following the not guilty plea, EFCC Counsel, Innocent Akanno, asked for a trial date and for the defendant to be remanded pending the perfection of their bail condition.

Justice Fadipe granted the defendant bail in the sum of N10 million with a surety who must be a relative, and have a bank insurance of N10 million and a landed property.

Consequently, the judge remanded the defendant in the correctional center pending the perfection of her bail conditions.

The case was adjourned till September, 23, for trial.

Ojogwu Godwin Chukwudi hailed from Delta State. A young talented personality, Alumnus of Delta State university,Abraka Studied Library and information science. He is an intellectual cyber communicator expert and a prolific blogger professional.

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