A medical doctor, Michael Thompson Williams has been charged before a Lagos Magistrates’ court in Ikeja over alleged stealing.
The suspect who resides at 2667 Hilton Layout, Lekki, Lagos was docked for allegedly stealing a Porsche car worth 28 million naira belonging to one Mr. Abidogun Adewale.
The Prosecutor, Mr. Peter Nwangwu told the court that the accused stole one Toyota Camry property valued at Three million, five hundred thousand naira from one Omopeyi Oluwaseun.
The charge brought against him reads: Michael Thompson Williams and others at large, on 10th May, 2018 in Ikeja Magisterial District at 1950 hours at Ajah, Lagos did conspire to commit stealing.
Michael Thompson Williams and others now at large were also alleged of stealing one Porsches car, property of one Abidogun valued at Twenty eight million naira only (N28,000).
He was further accused of stealing one Toyota Camry on same date, time and place in the aforesaid Magisterial District of Lagos, valued at Three million, Five hundred thousand Naira only property of one Omopeyin Oluwaseun ‘m’ and thereby committed Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The prosecution further informed the court that the offences contravenes section 280, 287 and 411 of the Criminal law of Lagos State, 2015
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Magistrate Y.Aje-Afunwa granted him bail in the sum of N2.5 million naira with two sureties in like sum who must swear to an affidavit and having verifiable documents.
“The sureties must also have evidence of tax payment to Lagos State government and are properties owners in Lagos State,” she said.
Further hearing had been adjourned til August 6 this year.
The accused, Michael Thompson Williams sometimes in May, was paraded by police at the police command headquarters as a 28 year old medical doctor turned hacker with expertise in using technological tools to perpetrate fake business transactions online.
The suspect who had worked with front line hospitals in Lagos, Eko and Tolu Medical Centre hospitals usually hacked into customers accounts with banks and financial institutions’ as well as monitors private emails of people.
He had had access to customers’ bank accounts and used their monies for spending sprees with his credit cards.
He confessed that through the hacking expertise he acquired in Canada, he delved into fraudulent activities.
He explained he could buy various goods worth 40 million naira with credit cards and make false payments in tranches to unsuspecting victims.
Williams met his waterloo on 23rd March, 2018 when a complaint was lodged to the police by a car shop owner one Abidogun Adewale that a syndicate bought exotic cars of 28 million naira, paid into his bank account but on visiting his banker, he discovered he had actually received a false bank alert indicating payment for a Porsche car sold at 28 million.
While parading Williams, the Police Command Headquarters, the Lagos State Police, Commissioner, Mr. Imohimi Edgal told journalists that the suspect during his dialogue with him admitted commission of the crime.
According to the CP, “the suspect is member of a syndicate that goes to car shops, buys a car, configures a computer program that would send a fake payment alert to the seller and by so doing, obtains a car.