Nigeria: American arrested for scamming Nigerians


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By Emily Crane For
Published: 05:23 BST, 26 June 2017

An American citizen has been arrested in Nigeria after he allegedly duped three Nigerian men in a $565,000 green card scam.

Marco Antonio Ramirez is being held at Kirikiri Maximum Prison in the city of Lagos, the Nigerian Herald reports.

Ramirez, believed to be from Dallas, Texas, is accused of scamming tens of thousands of dollars from each of the three Nigerian men with the promise of securing them an American green card or US passport.

He faced the country's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission court on Thursday where he pleaded not guilty to a 16-count charge of obtaining money under false presences.

According to the commission's website, Ramirez was arrested in April over the alleged scam.

The court heard he was the managing director of three American companies - USA Now Plc., Eagleford Instalodge Group and USA Now Capital Group.

He is accused of duping the men between February 2013 and August 2013.

Prosecutor V. O. Aigboje told the court that Ramirez was paid $545,000 by Amb. Godson Echejue. The alleged victim thought he was investing in one of Ramirez's companies in exchange for a US green card.

Another man, Abubakar Umar, allegedly paid the American $10,000 for a non-existent investment program that would make him eligible for a US passport.

The third alleged victim, Olukayode Sodimu, paid Ramirez $10,000 thinking the money was part of the fees for a green card.

Ramirez's attorney Chukwudi Maduka told the court on Thursday that his international passport had been forfeited as part of a bail application.

The judge opposed bail and ordered him to be held in the prison.

His next court appearance in July 3.

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Kirikiri Prison (doesn't look very nice....)

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