The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Monday, October 7, 2019, arraigned an American, Marco Ramirez at an Ikeja Special Offences Court for allegedly defrauding two Nigerians in a bogus green card scam.
Ramirez alleged by the EFCC to be a serial fraudster was previously arraigned on June 22, 2017, before Justice Josephine Oyefeso, on 16-counts charge of conspiracy and obtaining under false pretences.
He was said to have defrauded three Nigerians – Godson Echejue, Abubakar Umar and Olukayode Sodimu of 545,000 dollars from February 2013 to August 2013 in Lagos. He had pleaded not guilty to the offences and was admitted to bail in the sum of $250,000.
However, midway to the defendant’s trial, the case file was transferred from Justice Oyefeso’s court to Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court for speedy conclusion of the case. On June 20, 2019, he was re-arraigned before Mojisola Dada, the presiding judge on an amended 12-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining under false pretences for defrauding Echejue, Umar and Sodimu of $1.2 million.