In a typical case of ‘bush-meat-become-hunter,’ an American man has been arrested and charged to court for scamming three Nigerians of over $500,000.
Marco Ramirez, an American citizen, was remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Prison by an Ikeja High court Thursday after he was accused by the EFCC of taking money from his victims under the pretext of securing them American passports.
According to Herald, the EFCC prosecutor said the accused was managing director of three companies – USA Now Plc., Eagleford Instalodge Group and USA Now Capital Group.
Ramirez was accused of collecting $545,000 from Amb. Godson Echejue, to invest in his company, Eagleford Instalodge Group, in exchange for procuring an American green card (residence permit) for him.
He also allegedly received $10,000 from one Abubakar Umar through a fake investment programme in the U.S. which would make Umar eligible to obtain an American passport, and another $10,000 from one Mr Olukayode Sodimu under the pretext that the funds were facilitation fees with the American Immigration Services for an American green card.
Ramirez pleaded not guilty to all 16 fraud charges against him and EFFC prosecutor requested that he be taken from EFCC custody to prison custody because there were no bed spaces available in the commission.
The court also convicted two Brazilians, Lima Pereira Diego, and Dias Dos Santos Marcia Cristina for bringing 23.895 kilograms of cocaine into Nigeria, according to Vanguard.