3:51 pm - Friday August 23, 2019

SHOCKING: American man, MARCO RAMIREZ in trouble for defrauding Nigerians seeking United States GREEN CARD of $565,000 (N203.4million)…Picked up by EFCC on 16 counts bordering on conspiracy and obtaining under false pretences * His companies arraigned: USA Now LLC, Eagle Ford Instalodge Group LP and USA Now Capital Group * Victims of the Fraud: Ambassador Godson Echejue, Abubakar Sodiq and Olukayode Sodimu * “Having not breached the bail terms granted by my brother judge, the defendant is hereby allowed to continue with the terms. The matter was adjourned till October 7, 8, 9 and 10 for trial”-Justice Mojisola Dada BY CHARLES IDEBE/ANTI-GRAFT REPORTER, LAGOS


SHOCKING:

American man, MARCO RAMIREZ in trouble for defrauding Nigerians seeking United States GREEN CARD of $565,000 (N203.4million)…Picked up by EFCC on 16 counts bordering on conspiracy and obtaining under false pretences

* His companies arraigned: USA Now LLC, Eagle Ford Instalodge Group LP and USA Now Capital Group

* Victims of the Fraud: Ambassador Godson Echejue, Abubakar Sodiq and Olukayode Sodimu

* “Having not breached the bail terms granted by my brother judge, the defendant is hereby allowed to continue with the terms. The matter was adjourned till October 7, 8, 9 and 10 for trial”-Justice Mojisola Dada

BY CHARLES IDEBE/ANTI-GRAFT REPORTER, LAGOS


MAJORITY OF NIGERIANS WERE SURPRISED TO HEAR OF HOW MARCO RAMIREZ, AN AMERICAN ON TOURIST’S VISA TO AFRICA’S MOST POPULOUS NATION COINED THREE NIGERIANS TO THE TUNE OF $565,000 (about N203.4m) on the pretext of helping them secure the United States Green Card.

This American, Ramirez was re-arraigned before the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja for allegedly defrauding some Nigerians of their hard-earned money under the guise of helping them secure the United States Green Card.

He was arraigned alongside his companies, USA Now LLC, Eagle Ford Instalodge Group LP and USA Now Capital Group by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on amended 12 counts bordering on conspiracy and obtaining under false pretences.

Going by EFCC, Ramirez and his companies, sometime in February 2013 and August 2013 in Lagos, defrauded Ambassador Godson Echejue, Abubakar Sodiq and Olukayode Sodimu of the said sum.

The defendant and his companies had been arraigned on June 22, 2017, before Justice Josephine Oyefeso on 16 counts bordering on the same offences and pleaded not guilty to the charges.Following his not guilty plea, Justice Oyefeso admitted him to bail in the sum of $25,000.

Meanwhile, midway into the trial, the case file was transferred and he was subsequently re-arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada. After taking his plea, Ramirez’s counsel, Ademola Adefolaju, urged the court to allow his client to continue with the bail terms set by the previous judge.

When asked by Justice Dada if the defendant had complied with the bail terms, Adefolaju confirmed that his client had fully complied and had been going to the EFCC’s office as directed by the court.Granting the request, Justice Dada said, “Having not breached the bail terms granted by my brother judge, the defendant is hereby allowed to continue with the terms.”

The matter was adjourned till October 7, 8, 9 and 10 for trial.

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