Two persons have been convicted by an Abeokuta magistrate court for forging a tax receipt of the Ogun State Internal Revenue Service (OGIRS).
The convicts, Nwonu Chizoba and Abdulahi Isa, issued the forged tax receipt to a barrister, Cynthia Ojebe, who resides in Lagos, for her one year tax payment to OGIRS.
Both of them pleaded guilty to the five count charges filed against them.
The magistrate, David Ogogo sentenced Chizoba and Isa to two years jail term each, while Chizoba received additional one year or N40,000 fine for one of the five count charges.
The prosecutor, Olaide Rawlings, told the court that both convicts committed the crime at the OGIRS office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, in December, 2020.
According to her, Chizoba, collected N75,000 from the barrister for her one year tax payment under the pretence that he knew one Oluwaseyi, an assessment officer in OGIRS.
Rawlings said that the Chizoba then connived with one Abdullahi Isa to prepare a forged OGRIS tax receipt, and handed it to the barrister as a proof of payment.
The barrister doubting the authenticity of the receipt, reported to OGRIS which confirmed that the receipt was forged, leading to the arrest of the convict’s.
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