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.