|Nigerian businessman Okeke in court for fraud|
|Tuesday, 10 July 2012 15:53|
Nigerian businessman Jerome Okeke yesterday appeared in court on allegations of defrauding a city businesswoman of more than US$70 000.
Okeke (49) is also facing another charge of perjury.
He was not formally charged when he appeared before Harare Magistrate Ms Anita Tshuma.
Prosecutor Mr David Magwegwe alleges that Okeke leased two of his business premises in the city — one of them along Harare Street while the other along Nelson Mandela Avenue to Mrs Abigail Makono who is the director of Rewstand Holdings Pvt Ltd.
The money was paid in full. Mrs Makono intended to set up hair salons while she also intended to renovate some of the rooms at the buildings.
He asked for US$2 300 per month for the Harare Street premises and US$2 000 for the Nelson Mandela Avenue building.
He allegedly failed to pay for outstanding water and electricity bills.
According to the State, Okeke became evasive and once approached the court for Mrs Makono’s vehicle, a Nissan March and salon equipment to be attached for “failing” to pay rent.
Mrs Makono through her lawyers then made an application to stop the property attachment.
Mrs Makono discovered that Okeke had lied under oath in his founding affidavits that he had not authorised the renovations and that there was water and electricity on the two properties.