The Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday arraigned a 34-year-old travel agent, Oluwasegun Gbeleye, before a Surulere Chief Magistrates Court for alleged N2.7m Australian visa fraud.
New Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that Gbeleye, whose address was not provided, appeared before the court on a four-count charge of conspiracy, forgery, fraud and stealing.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Oluyemisi Adelaja, granted him bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Adelaja stated that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande, alleged that the defendant defrauded one Prince Nnadozie of the sum sometime in March 2018 at Randle General Hospital, Lagos.
Osayande said the defendant fraudulently obtained N2.7 million from Nnadozie, with a promise to secure five Australian visas and work permit for him but failed to do so.
She alleged that the defendant made his client five fake Australian visas and converted the money to his personal use.
The prosecutor said when Nnadozie knew that he had been swindled and asked for his money back, the defendant insisted that he was still working on the visas.
Osayande told the court that the defendant perpetrated the crime with the aid of Rosemary Chichi, who is still at large.
The offences she said contravene Sections 287, 314, 365 (1) and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
Adelaja adjourned the case till August 12 for mention.