A forensic expert has made a shocking revelation how the late Maurice Ibekwe and his accomplice, Raphael Onwuzuigbo used fake documents to defraud a German company of $30 million.
A forensic expert has revealed before a Lagos High Court, Ikeja, on Wednesday how late Maurice Ibekwe and his accomplice, Augunous Okoro defrauded a German identified as Klaus Munch and his company, Firm System Organisation the sum of $30 million in 1992 using forged document.
Raphael Onwuzurigbo, a forensic expert after analyzing some documents already admitted as exhibits by the court in 2003 told the court presided over by Justice Oluwatoyin Atinuke Ipaye that he found discrepancies in the documents analyzed in May 2003, alleging forgery of the various documents by Okoro.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Ibekwe and Okoro in court for allegedly duping the German in 1992.
Shortly after the trial commenced in 2003, Ibekwe died in prison, leaving Okoro to continue with the trial.
The Nation reports that midway into the trial, Okoro also claimed he could no longer continue with the trial due to ill health. The trial thereafter suffered several adjournments on account of the defendant’s ill-health.
However, the case has been taken up again by the EFCC. At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, the forensic expert, who was led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Mr. Adeniji Adebiyi, told the court how he arrived at his findings.
Onwuzurigbo told the court that he used a video spectra comparator to determine the writing and signatures on the documents that were analyzed and found out they were not the same.
The trial continues.