Reports from Nigeria media outlets indicate that, an American citizen identified as Marco Ramirez has defrauded two Nigerians, Gabriel Ogie and Oludare Talabi of an amount of $368,698 in a green card scam.
The earlier claim was confirmed by officials from the Federal Beaureau of Investigation. An officer from the security unit, Ayotunde Solademi testified during a hearing which took place at IKEA special offences court on Thursday that the two were actually scammed.
Solademi revealed how he testified that, the U.S Consulate in 2016 got a letter from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeking the assistance of FBI in making clarification about authenticity of USA NOW LLC issuing the EB-5 Investor Immigrant visa to Nigeria.
The letter was initially sent to the Legal unit of the U.S Consulate in Lagos to verify the authenticity. Investigations discovered that, Nigeria was not a participant of the EB-65 immigration progamme.
Therefore, the company has no authority to issue visa to anyone. Ramirez is so far facing an amended nine count charges by the EFCC on the ground of “obtaining money under false pretence.
Ramirez is also being tried hand-in-hand with his companies which are USA Now Energy Capital Group, Eagle Ford Instalodge and USA NOW LLC. He had posed as though his company is an investment platform which gives them the eligibility to acquire U.S Green cards. The presiding judge, Justice Mojisola Dada has adjourned the case till the 24th of June for further hearing