Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, Tuesday 28th, June, 2022, adjourned till August 10, 2022, for further trial in the case involving one Marco Antonio Ramirez, an American businessman who is being prosecuted on an amended 16-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence contrary to Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.
The defendant, is being prosecuted by the Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alongside his companies USA NOW LLC, Eagle Ford Instalodge Group LP, and USA Now Energy Capital Group LP for an alleged $1.2 million EB-5 visa scam.
The prosecution alleged that he obtained the money from his victims under the guise that it was the processing fee for their investment in his company USA Now Energy Capital Group LP in the Employment-Based Fifth Preference (EB-5) United States of America Investor Programme, and which investment will qualify them to be eligible for the issuance of USA Green Card, which however, did not turn out as he had promised.
He pleaded “not guilty” to the 12 count charge preferred against him at the first arraignment.
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