Singapore: Nigerian charged with major fraud

Hua Mulan

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http://www.straitstimes.com/singapo...-faces-charges-for-offences-involving-over-1m

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Oct 26, 2017, 5:00 am SGT
Shaffiq Idris Alkhatib
A Nigerian businessman was charged in court yesterday over the receipt of stolen property and money laundering. These cases involved more than $1 million.

Singapore permanent resident Paul Gabriel Amos, now 46, is accused of committing these offences in October and November 2008.

He faces one charge of dishonestly receiving stolen property and eight counts of dealing with monies which were said to be benefits of criminal conduct. Court documents did not reveal details about these purported criminal activities.

On Oct 15, 2008, Amos allegedly instructed a man known only as Mohammad Sohail to transfer $987,526.40 into an OCBC bank account. The money was said to be the benefits of the criminal conduct of one Robert Umohette.

Amos also purportedly received stolen property - $426,995.55 in cash - which was deposited into a DBS bank account six days later.

He is accused of transferring $300,000 of this stolen money into his Citibank Maxisave account.

He allegedly used $373,528 of the stolen money for his business and personal expenses, including a deposit on a BMW car.

Amos also has pending traffic charges. He allegedly drove a Lamborghini in a dangerous manner along East Coast Parkway near the Siglap Road exit at around 12.30am on Oct 2 last year.

He allegedly zoomed through a narrow gap between two vehicles and caused alarm to another motorist, Ms Heng Xiu Hui, 22, who was approaching his car on his right.

According to court documents, he was allegedly not insured and did not possess a valid driving licence that morning. Amos was offered bail of $150,000 and he will be back in court on Nov 22.

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Man charged with money laundering in Singapore previously accused of swindling Citibank of S$27 million

http://www.todayonline.com/singapor...iously-accused-swindling-citibank-s27-million

SINGAPORE — A 45-year-old Nigerian man who had been charged in a United States court for swindling Citibank was charged in a district court here on Wednesday (Oct 25) with laundering S$1.7 million.

Paul Gabriel Amos, who is a Permanent Resident in Singapore and married to a citizen, faces eight charges under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act.

Amos was prosecuted in a New York district court in 2009 for committing bank and wire fraud, according to a The New York Times report. He was accused of duping Citibank of S$27 million in September 2008 by using documents purportedly signed off by Ethiopian bank officials instructing the bank to wire the sum to accounts controlled by Amos and others around the world. While he was held in the US for a few months, TODAY understands Amos was not convicted.

It was not stated in court whether the money laundering charges Amos faces have any connection to his earlier case in the US, although they concern alleged offences committed around the same time.

One of the charges against Amos allege that he facilitated the transfer of S$987,526.40 into an OCBC account in Singapore in October 2008 so that an individual named Robert Umohette would be able to retain his benefits obtained from a criminal conduct. Who this individual is and what the criminal conduct was are not known.

Towards the end of the same month, Amos also allegedly received stolen money amounting to S$426,995.55, which he stashed in a DBS bank account here. He is also accused of transferring S$300,000 of ill-gotten gains to his Citibank Maxisave account.

Other charges allege that Amos spent S$373,528 on personal expenses, including paying S$31,400 deposit for a BMW car, and paying suppliers and IT consultancy charges.

Amos also faces three counts of traffic offences, including driving without a valid licence and dangerous driving.

On Oct 2 last year, he allegedly drove a blue Lamborghini despite not having a Class 3 driving licence. He is accused of recklessly cutting lanes along the East Coast Parkway that day. Footage of the incident was captured on a dashboard camera in another person’s car and was posted online.

Amos has been released on S$150,000 bail and will appear in court again on Nov 22.

If found guilty of money laundering, he could face up to 10 years in jail, or a fine of up to S$500,000 per charge, or both.

If convicted of dangerous driving, he could face a jail term of up to a year, or a fine of up to S$5,000, or both. And for driving without a proper license, he could face a maximum of three months’ in jail or a fine not exceeding S$1,000.
 

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https://www.channelnewsasia.com/new...ed-in-connection-with-us-27m-citibank-9342732

By Vanessa Paige Chelvan
25 Oct 2017 03:52PM (Updated: 25 Oct 2017 04:19PM

Nigerian businessman charged in connection with US$27m Citibank fraud

SINGAPORE: A Nigerian businessman previously accused of swindling Citibank of millions of dollars was on Wednesday (Oct 25) charged with money laundering.

Paul Gabriel Amos, a 46-year-old Singapore Permanent Resident, was believed to be involved in a scheme to dupe Citibank in New York into transferring US$27 million (S$36.8 million) from an account held by the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE), the country’s central bank.

The money was wired to accounts that Amos and other conspirators held around the world.

Amos faces nine charges in Singapore - eight under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act and one under the Penal Code for receiving stolen property involving nearly S$2 million.

He has also been charged with three counts under the Road Traffic Act, including for dangerous driving and driving without a licence.

On Oct 2, 2016, Amos’ bright blue Lamborghini was caught on camera speeding and zipping between cars, causing near-accidents along East Coast Parkway. The incident, which was captured by a car’s dashboard camera, went viral online.


ELABORATE SCHEME TO TRICK CITIBANK

The scheme to trick Citibank in New York City took place from September to November 2008.

Amos and his co-conspirators allegedly forged NBE documents and sent them to Citibank, instructing the bank to wire funds from NBE’s account to various accounts controlled by Amos and his co-conspirators, the US Attorney’s Office said.

Citibank wired US$27,167,078 to those accounts before the fraud was discovered.

In October 2008, Amos facilitated the transfer of S$987,526.40 into an OCBC account in Singapore to help a person known as Robert Umohette “retain (his) benefits from criminal conduct,” according to Singapore court documents.

Days later, Amos received S$426,995.55 – allegedly stolen – in a Singapore DBS account. He is accused of transferring S$300,000 to a Citibank Maxisave account, and spending another S$60,000 on “personal expenses” as well as S$31,400 on a deposit for a BMW car, court documents state.

In November 2008, he allegedly used his ill-gotten gains to pay a “supplier” S$280,000, and IT firm Axon Consulting S$2,128.

Amos was arrested in Los Angeles in January 2009 when he tried to enter the US.


According to a press release by the United States Attorney’s Office in February that year, he was indicted “in connection with an elaborate, internationally coordinated scheme … to ‘take over’ an account at Citibank in Manhattan belonging to the National Bank of Ethiopia” to steal more than US$27 million.

Channel NewsAsia understands that Amos was held in the US for a few months, but was not convicted of the bank fraud charges against him.

Amos is married to a Singaporean, and his two children aged 12 and 13 are also Singaporean. His defence lawyer KR Manicka said Amos is not a flight risk and he was on Wednesday offered bail at S$150,000.

The case will be heard again on Nov 22.

If convicted of offences under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act, Amos could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to S$500,000 per charge.

If convicted of dangerous driving, he faces up to one year’s jail and/or a fine of up to S$5,000.

Source: CNA/gs
 
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If found guilty of money laundering, he could face up to 10 years in jail, or a fine of up to S$500,000 per charge, or both.

If convicted of dangerous driving, he could face a jail term of up to a year, or a fine of up to S$5,000, or both. And for driving without a proper license, he could face a maximum of three months’ in jail or a fine not exceeding S$1,000.
He could face up to 10 years in jail, or a fine of up to S$500,000 per charge, or both.
 
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