Alleged $370,000 fake marriage: EFCC recovers $13,204, property, vehicles from defendant – Witness

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By EZEKIEL OBI, Abuja –

A Second Prosecution Witness, PW2, in the trial of Nwachi Chidozie Kingsley, being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for defrauding an American, Nicole Kierulff Sayers the sum of $370,000 in a contrived marriage, Okanne Kelechi, on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, told Justice U.P Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT,  High Court, Maitama, Abuja that the EFCC has recovered the sum of  $13,204.00 from the defendant.

Also recovered from the defendant is a plot of land in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, a Lexus Ex 350 and Toyota Venza cars, according to a tweet on Thursday by the anti-graft agency.

The witness who was led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Muhammad disclosed that among the evidence against the defendant are “various fraudulent profiles in Linkedin which he admitted to creating,” adding that there was also a fraudulent contract award letter printed from his phone. That same letter was sent to his American victim  in chats claiming that the contract was awarded to him by the Federal government.”

Kelechi told the court that investigation into the matter involved writing a letter of investigation of the defendant’s activities to the Forensic Department of the EFCC, several local banks as well as the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, with the purported contract award letter attached.

He further told the court that a response from the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing indicated that the award was not genuine. The defendant admitted sending the fake contract award letter to Sayers and other foreign victims.

“We received our report from the Forensic Department and our findings for his gadgets. The victim, Nicole, also sent evidence of transactions received from international money transfer operators. From other analyses, we discovered that part of this money was sent into his bank account supervised by his sister, one Nwachi Doris Chinenye”, he said.

Tendered in evidence against the defendant was certificate of identification, a notice of nominal complaint with copies of intent to award the contract and an iPhone 11Pro Max. The PW2 further informed the court that upon confronting the defendant with the evidence, his lawyers responded with a letter for a plea bargain. “We recovered $13,204, Lexus Ex350 and Toyota Venza.

Justice Kekemeke adjourned the matter till April 30, 2024, for continuation of trial.

Nwachi was arrested on Wednesday,  February 15, 2023, in Abuja for allegedly marrying an American,  Nicole Kierulff Sayers falsely and defrauded her in the process. Sayers alleged that the defendant lured her into a false marriage and defrauded her of her savings.

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