American swerves with $565,000 from Nigerians who expected Green Card deal

American swerves with $565,000 from Nigerians who expected Green Card deal

Marco Ramirez, a Nigeria based US businessman is facing the courts in Lagos after it came to light that he defrauded some Nigerians on their $565,000, promising them "green cards" to stay and work in the US.

Social media has been thrown into a state of laughter and confusion stemming from irony because an American businessman living in Nigeria is in court for promising and failing to deliver US "green cards" to some Nigerians at the cost of $565,000 or about GHC 3 million.

Marco Ramirez, the businessman, has been hit with a charge of defrauding by false pretence. reports that Ramirez, alongside his companies, USA Now LLC, Eagle Ford Instalodge Group LP, and USA Now Capital Group, have been charged on an amended 12 counts from the initial 16, bordering on conspiracy and obtaining under false pretence.

Ramirez defrauding the unsuspecting members of the Nigerian public is actually a case from over half a decade ago.

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Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) claims that in February 2013 and August 2013 in Lagos, Ramirez and his companies defrauded 3 people: Ambassador Godson Echejue, Abubakar Sodiq, and Olukayode Sodimu of the said amount.

The defendant and his companies were first arraigned on June 22, 2017, with 16 counts bordering on the same offences slapped on them. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and was admitted to bail in the sum of $25,000.

Later, the case file was transferred and Ramirez was re-arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja.

Ramirez has been askedto continue with his bail term while the trial is scheduled for October 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2019.

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Any observer of the African geopolitical scene would have known by now that there is a stereotype about Nigerians, usually young males, and how they pull fast moves on Westerners.

And so of course, this particular case of things going the other way round seems to provoke some cognitive dissonance on social media.

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