man indicted for impersonating popular gospel artiste, Lara George.
24-year-old Ayodeji Folarin, on Thursday 24, 2018 faces a four-count charge at an Ikeja High Court of obtaining money by impersonating the popular gospel artiste Lara George which he used in defrauding three Americans of $8,500 also possession of false documents.
The charges were put forward against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), however, Ayodeji a computer engineer who lives at No. 2, Folarin St., Obada Oko in Abeokuta, Ogun, denied the charges.
Mr Temitope Banjo, the prosecuting counsel to the EFCC, told the court that the defendant defrauded the foreigners between January and December 2016 in Ikeja, Lagos.
“While posing as Lara George and with the intent to defraud, he obtained the sum of $8,500 from Trevor Dawe, Rick Cuewo and Stephen Wilson who are all citizens of the United States of America.
“On June 2018, Folarin had in his possession, a World Lottery Organization Winning Certificate and Affidavit of Common Law Marriage which all contained false pretences.
“The defendant also had in his possession emails containing false pretences,” he added.
According to the EFCC, the offences go against Sections 1(3), 6 and 8(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006.
However, following Folarin’s plea, his defence counsel, Mr Samuel Shodipo, requested that bail is granted to the defendant in the most liberal terms.
The vacation judge, Justice Obafemi Adamson, however, ordered that the defendant is remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons.
Justice Adamson directed that the case file should also be taken to the Court Registry for assignment to another judge who will hear the case.