Sequel to his alleged role in the act of defrauding three Nigerians of $565,000, Marco Antonio Ramirez, a United States of America (USA) citizen, was on Thursday ordered to be remanded at Kirikiri Prisons by Justice Josephine Oyefeso of a Lagos High Court sitting at Ikeja, Lagos State.
The Judge arrived at the decision, after Marco Antonio Ramirez, who had disguised as the Managing Director (MD) of three companies, insisted that he was not guilty of the 16- count charge bordering on fraud alongside conspiracy to commit fraud made against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Commission through its counsel, V.O Aigboje, in addressing the court argued that Ramirez got involved in the crime between February and August 2013.
Ramirez was further accused of allegedly collecting $10,000 from one Olukayode Sodimu under the guise that the said sum was for the facilitation of an American Green card with the US Immigration Services.
He is equally being accused of obtaining $10,000 from one Abubakar Umar through what the anti-graft agency termed a fictious investment programme in the US so that the latter can be qualified for a US green card.
Also, he was said to have collected $545,000 from one Ambassador Godson Echejue under the pretext that the money was meant for investing in his company, Eagle Ford Limited so as to facilitate the procuring of a US green card.
The matter has been adjourned until July 3, 2017 to hear the defendant’s bail application.