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Former Access Bank Staff Sentenced to 39 Years in Prison for Stealing Over N3m from Dead Customer

Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of a Lagos State High Court has sentenced a banker, Olawale Garuba, to a cumulative 39 years imprisonment for stealing from a deceased customer.

The convict was arraigned alongside six others in July 2015 for conspiring among themselves to steal over N30m from the bank account of a deceased customer of a bank where they work.

Upon their arraignment, the accused at first pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of fraud.

However, on June 2, 2016, the convict changed his plea from ‘not guilty’ to ‘guilty’ and was immediately convicted by Justice Ipaye.

Delivering her judgement on Thursday, Justice Ipaye said despite the remorse shown by the convict, she has no sympathy for him as he allowed his greed to overcome him and risk losing the job that thousands of job seekers were craving.

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She added that the convict compromised his position as a banker to steal from a deceased customer whose money would have been used by the family she left behind.

She found the convict guilty on 13 of the 18 counts and sentenced him to three years imprisonment on each count which will run concurrently from the date of his first detention, which is July 24, 2015.

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