Green card fraud: American National remanded in prison - Trends and Politics


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Green card fraud: American National remanded in prison

An Ikeja High Court persided over by Justice Josephine Oyefeso Thursday remanded in Kirikiri prison an American national, Marco Antonio Ramirez  for allegedly defrauding three Nigerians of  $565,000.
Ramirez  was the Managing Director of three companies, USA Now Plc, Eagleford Instalodge Group and USA Now Energy Capital Group, pleaded not guilty to a sixteen count charge of conspiracy and fraud  levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. 
The EFCC prosecutor, Mrs V.O Aigboje said Ramirez committed the offences between February and August 2013.
The defendant  was accused of allegedly collecting $10,000 from one Olukayode Sodimu under the pretext that the money was meant to facilitate an American Green Card with the US Immigration Services.

Ramirez was further accused of fraudulently obtaining $10,000 from one Abubakar Umar through a fictious investment program in the US in order for the latter to be eligible for a US green card.
Ramirez was also accused by the EFCC of also collecting $545,000  from one Ambassador Godson Echejue under the pretext that the money was meant for investing in his company Eagle Ford Limited in order to facilitate procuring of a US green card.
The EFCC prosecutor pleaded  the court to remand the defendant in prison custody, pending trial but Ramirez's counsel, Chukwudi Maduka asked the court to remand his client in EFCC custody as against Ikoyi or Kirikiri Prisons.
Justice  Oyefeso alternatively  remanded Ramirez in Kirikiri prisons and adjourned the matter till July 3 for hearing of the bail application.

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