Warri, Delta State- Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC arraigned scam artist, Leeroy Egebe, Popularly know as Amedeo Dante William, Alhassan Davide before Justice E. A. Obile of the Federal High Court, sitting in Warri, Delta State on romance internet scam.
The the defendant was arraigned on 8-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money from a Swiss woman by false pretence to the tune of $18,023.96 (Eighteen Thousand, Twenty- Three Hundred Dollars, Ninety- Six Cent.
Egebe’s Defrauded one miss Vivian Varotto-Guigoz, a citizen of Switzerland, the sum of CHF 196,701,44 and EUR 15, 957.43 which wired to different names in the United Kingdom, Canada and Nigeria at the request of Dante, for sundry reasons which she later discovered to be fraudulent.
The petitioner also alleged that the defendant was reaching her through some English, Canadian and Nigerian telephone numbers.
Amedeo Dante William’s troubles began when Vivian petitioned the EFCC alleging that she met one Amedeo William Dante (the defendant) who claimed to be an Italian living in the United Kingdom on a social dating site called “Badoo”.
The payments were allegedly made in five instalments: two into British accounts belonging to Amedeo William Dante and Dittimi Tamara-Finide while three were made into Nigerian accounts belonging to Alhassan Davide and Edin Obaro.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him. In view of his pleas, the prosecution counsel, M. T. Iko asked the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial. However, counsel to the defendant, K. D Alufe, made an oral application for bail for his client.
counsel argued that the alleged offences were bailable and that the defendant did not jump an earlier administrative bail by the prosecution.
Justice Obile on his ruling, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N3, 000,000.00 (Three Million Naira), one surety in like sum. The surety must be a public servant in the service of Federal or Delta state government on grade level 12 and above.