Wednesday, December 7, 2016

EFCC Arraigns Suspected Fraudster for Allegedly Duping American Citizen of $629,287.00.



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday December 7, 2016 arraigned one Dr. Vincent Anyigor and his company, Vanyigor Concepts Limited before Justice M. A. Liman of the Federal High Court, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on a 25-count charge bordering on conspiracy, Uttering, forgery and Obtaining by false pretence to the tune of USD 629,287.00 (Six Hundred and Twenty Nine Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty Seven US Dollar).

The complainant, Joseph I. Crews, an American citizen, alleged that sometime in October, 2010 he paid the sum of $629,287.00 to Dr. Vincent Anyigor for the supply of Six million barrels of Bonny Light crude Oil and that till date he is yet to receive the products or get his money. Anyigor is alleged to be the leader of a syndicate and parades himself as an international operator in the oil and Gas Sector

One of the counts reads;
 “that you Dr. Vincent Anyigor, Vanyigor Concepts Limited and others at large on or about the 15th day of October, 2010 at Port Harcourt within the jurisdiction of this honorable court with intent to defraud obtained a sum of Two Hundred and Forty Three Thousand (USD $243.000.00) United States of America Dollars Only from one Joseph I. Crews, an American citizen and his company Aumenta Holdings Inc DBA AHI Commercial Finding Group, as part payment of the cost price for the logistics to supply them sale of Six (6) Million Barrels of Bonny Light crude oil, which you claimed to have the capability to deliver to them, which pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (1) (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the same Act.
The defendant pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.

In view of his plea, counsel to EFCC, U. R. Ewoh, asked the court for a date for trial. However, counsel to the defendant Chief Chuks Muom (SAN) urged the court to grant his client bail as the alleged offence is bailable.

Justice Liman granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000,000.00 (One hundred million Naira), with two sureties in like sum. Each of the sureties must own a landed property worth N50, 000,000.00 within the jurisdiction of the court.

The court bailiff is to verify the property. The defendant is also to deposit his international passport with the court registrar.

The defendant is to be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of his bail. The case has been adjourned to 18 and 19 January, 2017 for trial.

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