A US national Marco Ramirez was on Thursday sent to the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons by a Lagos State High Court, Ikeja over a sum of $565,000 defrauded from three Nigerians.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission filed a sixteen count charge against Ramirez over the collection of money by false pretence, the accused posted as the MD of three companies Eagleford Instalodge Group, USA Now Plc, and USA Now Energy Capital Group.
V.O. Aigboje, prosecutor for the EFCC committed the fraud in 2013 between February and August.
The accused, Ramirez allegedly obtained 10,000 dollars from Olukayode Sodimu in a scam that the sum would be used to process a US Green card via the US Immigration Services.
The US National was again accused of criminally collecting $10,000 for a non-existent investment programme in America from Abubakar Umar which would enable him to obtain a US green card.
Ramirez, was also accused of defrauding Ambassador Godson Echejue of $545,000 for investments in his fictitious company Eagle Ford Limited in order to process a US green card.
Aigboje, the EFCC prosecutor prayed that the accused by remanded in prison custody, until his trail.
Mr Chukwudi Maduka who is Ramirez’s counsel prayed the court that his client is kept in the anti-graft agency custody.
“But the EFCC prosecutor objected to the prayer to remand Ramirez in the custody of the EFCC, stating that there was no more space in the commission’s detention facility.”
Justice Josephine Oyefeso, who was the presiding judge gave a court order that Mr Ramirez should be kept in Kirikiri prison and adjourned the case until July 3 for hearing of bail application by the defendant.