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American is arrested after scamming three Nigerian men out of $565,000 with the promise of a US green card

Emily Crane For Dailymail.com - 17-06-26
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  • Marco Antonio Ramirez was arrested in Nigeria after allegedly scamming tens of thousands of dollars from three Nigerian men
  • The American citizen is currently being held at Kirikiri Maximum Prison in Lagos
  • Ramirez, believed to be from Dallas, Texas, is accused of scamming the men with the promise of securing them an American green card or passport
  • He faced a Nigerian court on Thursday where he pleaded not guilty to charges

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.

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

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.

American citizen Marco Antonio Ramirez has been arrested in Nigeria
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

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.

Kirikiri Maximum Prison in the city of Lagos, Nigeria
Ramirez is currently being held at Kirikiri Maximum Prison in the city of Lagos

Tags: American, Nigerian, green card, scam, Marco Antonio Ramirez, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Godson Echejue, Abubakar Umar, Olukayode Sodimu, Kirikiri Maximum Prison

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