A 24 – year – old computer engineer , Ayodeji Folarin, was on Thursday docked at an Ikeja High Court for impersonating the popular gospel artiste, Lara George, and defrauding three Americans of $ 8, 500 in the process .
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Folarin is facing four charges of obtaining money by false pretences and possession of documents containing false pretence .
The charges were preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission .
The computer engineer , who resides at No. 2, Folarin St . , Obada Oko in Abeokuta, Ogun , however , 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 Organisation Winning Certificate and Affidavit of Common Law Marriage which all contained false pretences .
“ The defendant also had in his possession emails containing false pretences , ” Banjo said .
According to the EFCC , the offences contravened Sections 1 (3 ) , 6 and 8 (b ) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 .
Following Folarin ’ s plea, his defence counsel , Mr Samuel Shodipo , requested that bail be granted to the defendant in the most liberal terms.
The vacation judge , Justice Obafemi Adamson , however , ordered that the defendant be 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 .