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EFCC Charges ‘Fake Commander and FBI Partner’ for $2.8 Million Wire Fraud

EFCC arraigns

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Ijeboi Dennis and Obade in court on Monday (November 17) with wire fraud.

The men were brought before Judge Abubakar Baba Shani of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Apo, Abuja.

Police said Dennis (aka Andrew Tran Huynh) claimed to be a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) commander and Monday claimed to be a diplomatic director.

EFCC indicts

The defendants are charged with conspiracy and obtaining $2,822,860 under false pretences.

The EFCC said it defrauded US citizen Holly Ngo by posing as US doctors stranded in Afghanistan.

The agency charged four men: Dennis on Monday, Ekhoguagbon Osazuwa Patrick (alias Patrick Paul – on the run) and Omage Emmanuel Omole (deceased).

The five counts recounted how they carried out the alleged fraud between January 2021 and September 2021 in Abuja.

The offense breaches section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Charge Fraud and Other Fraud Offenses Act 2006 and is punishable under section 1(3) of the same law.

After pleading “not guilty”, prosecution lawyer Christopher Mshelia asked the court to set a date for the trial and dismiss them.

Their attorney, ST Sanni, has requested that Dennis and Monday remain in the custody of the EFCC pending a decision on their bail application.

But Judge Baba Shani remanded the defendants to Suleja Correctional Center and adjourned until January 11, 2023.

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