Lagos - The Port Harcourt man who allegedly defrauded his Swiss girlfriend significant amounts of foreign currency in a non-existent timber business deal has been remanded in custody.
The suspected fraudster, Emeofa Michael Ikechukwu (alias Michael Briggs) has been docked before the Federal High Court in the Rivers State city on a nine-count charge based on impersonation, forgery and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of more than $127 457.
According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which is seeking his prosecution, Ikechukwu allegedly met his victim on a dating site in February 2013 and struck a relationship that blossomed into promise of marriage.
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Introducing himself as Michael Briggs, he allegedly introduced himself to his victim, one Hengameh Misepasi, as a timber tycoon who was in Nigeria to close a business deal.
He later informed her that he was having some difficulties with Nigerian officials and requested for loan from her.
According to allegations, he later sent various scam documents to her, offering her partnership in his so-called timber business in Nigeria.
Ikechukwu is pleading not guilty to the charges.
He has been remanded in prison and the case adjourned to May 16 for hearing of bail application.
- CAJ News