Delta State Hospital Management Board staff, Anthony was convicted and sentenced to nine years imprisonment each on counts 1 to 16 and 7 years on counts 17 to 21. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Justice A.O. Faji of the Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State on Thursday November 17, 2016 found Okoh Anthony, guilty on a 21-count charge preferred against him by the EFCC.
Anthony was arraigned on February 15, 2016 on a 21-count amended charge bordering on Forgery, Uttering and Obtaining Money by False Presence to the tune of N 14.8m. Justice Faji found him guilty on all the counts and consequently convicted him.
The investigation leading to the conviction was triggered by a petition from the Hospital Management Board Cooperative Society, Asaba, Delta State . The petitioner alleged that sometime in August 2013 during a routine audit with their banker, it was discovered that the convict who claimed to have replayed his loan,never did.
Rather, he forged stamped Bank Tellers to give the impression that he has repaid the loan. The convict repaid the sum of N1.4m through deduction from his salary leaving an unpaid balance of N13.4m which he used forged deposit slip to claim payment.
Aside the prison sentence, Justice Faji ordered the convict to restitution the sum of N13.4m to the victim (Cooperative Society of Delta state Hospital Management Board).