Marco Ramirez, an American businessman living in Nigeria is in court for promising and failing to deliver US “green cards” to 3 Nigerians(Godson Echejue, Abubakar Umar and Olukayode Sodimu) at the cost of $565,000 or about GHC 3 million promising them that he would invest this under the Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment-Based Fifth Preference.Marco Ramirez, the businessman, has been hit with a charge of defrauding by false pretense.
Facefaceafrica.com Reports that Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday re-arraigned an American, Marco Antonio Ramirez, before the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos, for allegedly defrauding three Nigerians of the sum of $565,000 under the false pretence of facilitate an American Green Card for them.
The American, who was first re-arraigned before Justice Josephine Oyefeso on June 22, 2017, was re-arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada on an amended 12 counts charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining under false pretense.
He docked alongside his companies, USA Now LLC, Eagle Ford Instalodge Group LP and USA Now Capital Group.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
After his plea was taken, the EFCC counsel, Nnamdi Oweize asked the court for a trial date.
The defendant’s lawyer, Ademola Adefolaju, while not opposing the prosecutor’s request for trial date, pleaded with the court to let his client continue with the bail terns earlier granted him by the previous judge.
LEADERSHIP recalls that Justice Oyefeso had in 2017 granted the foreigner bail in the sum of $250,000, or its naira equivalent, with two sureties in like sum
“The sureties must show evidence of source of livelihood and swear to an affidavit to show same.
“A copy of the ruling should be sent to all immigration agencies both land and air.
“The defendant must report to the Lagos or Abuja offices of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission once a week,” she held
When the new judge, Justice Dada asked, if the defendant has full complied with the bail conditions, Adefolaju, confirmed to her that his client had fully complied and has been visiting EFCC’s office as directed by the Court.
Following Adefolaju’s submissions, Justice Dada held, “having not been shown any breach of the bail terms granted by my brother Judge, the defendant is hereby allow to continue with the same terms”.
The judge therefore adjourned till October 7, 8, 9 and 10, for the defendant’s trial.