The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned a man, Nwachi Chidozie Kingsley, for allegedly defrauding an American lady, Nicole Kierulff Sayers, of the sum of $370,000.
The suspect was dragged before Justice U.P Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama Abuja after he was arrested on Wednesday February 15, 2023 at the Sun City Estate, FCT.
The suspect was arraigned on a two-count charge bordering on stealing, obtaining by false pretence and criminal possession of fake documents.
It was gathered that the defendant told his victim that the money will be used to finance a contract from Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
He was said to have convinced the victim with a fake ‘Notice of intent to award letter of Federal Ministry of Works and Housing with Contract No: RC/FGN/0275AN/20′ purportedly issued to him by the Federal Government for the contract.
According to the victim, Kingsley deceived her into marrying him and duped her of her money.
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She said, “I was accustomed to transferring money to him and further felt I had no choice, since I had just married him, even though I did not feel confident in my choice to have married him.”
When the charges were read to him, the defendant pleaded not guilty.
One of the counts against him reads: “That you, Nwachi Chidozie Kingsley sometime in 2021 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with intent to defraud obtained the total sum of Three Hundred and Seventy Thousand United States Dollars($370,000) from Nicole Kierulff Sayers under the false pretence of being a purported payment to finance a contract with Federal Ministry of Works and Housing with Contract No: RC/FGN/0275AN/20 issued to Nwachi Chidozie Kingsley, a claim which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(b) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.
Another count reads; “That you, Nwachi Chidozie Kingsley sometime in 2021 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja did commit an offence by being in possession of a document containing to wit; ‘Notice of intent to award letter of Federal Ministry of Works and Housing with Contract No: RC/FGN/0275AN/20 issued to Nwachi Chidozie Kingsley” contained in your iPhone 11 Pro Max with IMEI 353894104506455 which you knew the document contained false pretences and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6 of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act,2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”
Justice Kekemeke admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100 million with two sureties in like sum, adding that one of the sureties must be an owner of a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.
The judge ordered the remand of the defendant at the Kuje Correctional Facility, pending the fulfilment of his bail conditions. He also adjourned the matter till May 18, 2023 for trial.