Family Business Couple remanded in prison over fake land fraud

A couple who engaged in fraudulent sales of lands are now in prison.

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Edmund and Amarachi Opara play

Edmund and Amarachi Opara

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A man and his wife, Edmund and Amarachi Opara, will be in prison custody until May 22, 2015, when their case will will be heard after they were remanded for allegedly duping a victim of the sum of N7 million for a non-existent land.

The couple were dragged to the Federal High Court, Owerri, Imo State, presided over by Justice O. O. Oguntoyinbo, on a two count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to the Head, Media and Publicity of  EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, the accused husband and wife allegedly collected the money from one Okechukwu Ogbonna to the tune of N7 million for a phony land deal situated at Federal Low Cost Housing Estate 11, Umuguma, New Owerri. But the land in question, according to investigations, did not belong to the couple.

One of the counts read:

"That you Opara Edmund Acho and Opara Amarachi, on or about the 9th March, 2012, at Owerri within Owerri Judicial Division conspired between yourselves to commit an offence to wit: obtaining money by false pretence from one Okechukwu Ogbonna and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8(a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offence Act 20."

The couple pleaded not guilty to the charges and were denied bail as requested by their  counsel as they were remanded the couple in prison custody pending the date for hearing.

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