EFCC arraigns social media influencer over alleged N110m fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday, August 16, arraigned an internet influencer, Portia Emilia before a Lagos Special Offences Court, in Ikeja over alleged N110million fraud.
She was arraigned alongside her company Savanah Crest Investment Limited before the court. The defendants are facing a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining by false pretense, and stealing preferred against them by EFCC.
EFCC alleged that the offenses were committed sometime in 2018 in Lagos. 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 Wendy Daniel.
“That you Portia Anthony Emilia and Savanah Crest Investment limited with intent to defraud dishonestly obtained 20 million from one Ruth Boloatte.”
The offenses 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 offenses Act No 14 of 2006.
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 bank insurance of N10 million and 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.