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Jailed over ‘fake’ cheque

SHOCKED: Ikenna Njoku

HE HAD simply hoped deposit a cheque at his local bank, but a task that should’ve taken Ikenna Njoku no longer than 15 minutes, cost him five days in jail.

Mr Njoku was arrested after a cashier at an American bank said that his cheque for $8,000 “looked fake.” The cashier than asked a stunned Mr Njoku to produce his driver’s license and credit card before calling customer services.

After waiting for 20 minutes, Mr Njoku grew tired of waiting and left the bank to complete other errands for the day, but when he returned the next day to resolve the matter, the police were waiting to arrest him.

“They just threw me in jail; they called the police and said this guy has a fraudulent check,” he told Seattle’s King 5 News.

Mr Njoku was arrested for forgery and promptly sent to jail, where he spent five days.

He claims that last year’s ordeal cost him his job and car.

He said: “They haven’t even sent me a letter or apologised,”

“It’s been a year we’ve been trying to contact these guys,” he added.

Last week the bank issued Mr Njoku with an apology.

They said: "We apologise to Mr. Njoku and deeply regret what happened to him. We are working quickly to understand all the details so we can reach a fair resolution.”

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