July 21, 2024
Lagos Court To Rule Sept 10 In US Businessman’s Alleged $1.2m Visa Scam Case
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Lagos Court To Rule Sept 10 In US Businessman’s Alleged $1.2m Visa Scam Case

The Lagos High Court in Ikeja has fixed September 10 to deliver judgement in the alleged $1.2 million US visa scam case involving American businessman Marco Antonio Ramirez.

Justice Mojisola Dada fixed the date following the adoption of final written addresses by parties in the matter.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is prosecuting Mr Ramirez and 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.

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He is accused of obtaining money from his victims as processing fees for their investments in his company, USA Now Energy Capital Group LP, in the Employment-Based Fifth Preference (EB-5) United States of America Investor Programme, which would qualify them for the issuance of a USA Green Card. He was however said to have defaulted after collecting their monies.

At his arraignment, Mr Ramirez pleaded “not guilty” to a 12-count charge. He was later re-arraigned on June 24, 2022, on an amended 16-count charge, to which he also pleaded not guilty.

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