US big boy is arrested over Nigerian Embassy fraud by EFCC

Wednesday 16 February 2011

A US based Nigerian lawyer accused of pocketing about $1.6 million meant as tax refund to the Nigerian embassy in Washington DC has been arrested. Mr. Femi Babafemi the spokesman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told newsmen today that the lawyer, Ephraim Ugwuonye is facing charges over his role in the deal. gathered that the US based big boy was arrested on Saturday 12 February 2011 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, about one year after the EFCC has been on his trail.
Ugwuonye allegedly defrauded the embassy to the tune of $1.6 million Dollars ,being the amount the IRS refunded to the Nigerians embassy after properties worth $26 million was sold. Ugwuonye was in charge of the four properties when it was sold.

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