How I used to be duped of $370,000 by Nwachi Kingsley and family- U.S. lawyer


How I used to be duped of $370,000 by Nwachi Kingsley and family- U.S. lawyer


Nwachi Chidozie Kingsley

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By Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja

A United States citizen and lawyer, Nicole Kierulff Sayers has narrated how a Nigerian man, Nwachi Chidozie Kingsley and members of his household allegedly conspired to defraud her of the sum of $370,000 (Three Hundred and Seventy Thousand United States {Dollars}).

Sayers who lives within the state of Oregon, United States, narrated his alleged ordeal as a witness of the {Economic} and {Financial} Crimes Fee, EFCC Within the ongoing trial of Nwachi Chidozie Kingsley, on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 earlier than Justice U.P Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Excessive Courtroom, Abuja.

The American was the third Prosecution Witness within the prosecution of Kingsley on a two-count cost bordering on stealing, acquiring by false pretence and felony possession of faux paperwork to the tune of $370,000 by the EFCC.

Led in proof by the prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Muhammad and the witness recognized the defendant earlier than the courtroom as the person who despatched her messages on Fb throughout her birthday.

“I do know the defendant, the defendant messaged me on Fb on my birthday and he stated he was a member of the identical non secular group with me. We engaged in romantic discussions and phrases and we engaged in conversations that escalated right into a relationship of a romantic sort,” she stated.

Sayers additional instructed the courtroom that the kingsley requested her for cash to finance the award of a contract by the Ministry of Works and Housing, claiming that some males had been threatening his life if he didn’t present cash to safe the contract.

“Earlier than we met one another, he had requested me for cash about eleven days earlier than, and his motive for asking for the cash in keeping with him was for the award of a contract by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and alleged that some males had been threatening his life, if he didn’t present the cash to safe the contract.

“He requested me for assist, and equipped me with the main points of the contract and emblem and all the data, I believed that as a result of I used to be in a susceptible state and I had developed an emotional reference to him,” she added.

In accordance with her, the defendant instructed her that if she gave him $15,000 (Fifteen Thousand {Dollars}), he would repay her inside 45days and he or she believed him, and transferred the cash to the defendant, with an instruction to repay her the cash.

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Narrating how she transferred the cash and the way she acquired to satisfy the household of the defendant, Sayers stated; “I transferred the cash utilizing a cash switch app, he acquired the cash and inside one week, he requested me to hitch him in a FaceTime Video together with his household. This was his mother and father’ home and his whole household was there, which included his sister Doris Nwachi, Kenneth Nwachi, sister-in-law Loveline, his father Chizom, his mom Victoria and his alleged daughter Princess who was then two years previous.”

Persevering with, Sayers stated, “Yet another uncle of his, who I don’t assume is a member of the household, I believe is Bishop Ekeke, he and his mom’s brothers had been there. He engaged me in video calls and messages and due to the fame that I can see from a distance that he had, he’s very extremely regarded within the Port Harcourt space and I assumed that I may belief him, so on the household assembly, every grownup member that I met thanked me for saving the defendant’s alleged contract job and so, I didn’t understand that all the household may conspire in opposition to one harmless lady as myself.

The witness additional instructed the courtroom that she had despatched a complete quantity of $40,000 (Forty Thousand United States {Dollars}), even earlier than she got here to Nigeria to satisfy the defendant.

“Earlier than I got here to Nigeria, I despatched to him roughly $40,000 (Forty Thousand US {Dollars}), and we had continued dialog about him paying again figuring out that issues will change. I arrived in Abuja in late March 2022, and I spent two weeks with the defendant and regardless of his assurances that he wouldn’t go away me alone for prolonged intervals, he left me alone on numerous events and I stayed at his rented home in Solar Metropolis, Abuja. However as a result of I needed to get my cash; I continued the connection with him. A number of months later, he requested for extra money, a minimal of 125 transactions. The explanation he gave me fall into a number of classes resembling medical contingencies, surgical procedures, malaria therapy and different classes, resembling provides on the federal government contracts as a result of he didn’t have the cash for the federal government. He used emotional manipulation and gasoline lighting.”

“The whole quantity, and to my greatest estimate, was effectively over $200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand {Dollars}), in a interval of twelve months, January to December. On a couple of events, he claimed he tried to wire me cash at one particular time. He produced a doc that he claimed was a {bank} doc and that he made an try to wire me $10,000 (Ten Thousand {Dollars}).

“He claimed the {bank} intercepted it, as a result of he stated the {bank} claimed it was an tried misappropriation of presidency funds, so he discovered himself in jail. He requested me to bail him out and I did, and once more he requested me to make provisions for bribes to pay for the felony case, as a result of he tried to misappropriate authorities funds

“Lastly in December, after pleading and begging, and exhibiting him my desperation, he agreed to wire extra money to me and requested for the {bank} particulars and he stated “I’ll do it tomorrow”. Few days later, I requested him, did you wire the cash to me and he stated no. That was after I realized that I’ll by no means see a penny from him once more,” she acknowledged.

Thereafter, the matter was adjourned until November 7, 2024 for continuation of trial.

One of many counts in opposition to him reads: “That you just, Nwachi Chidozie Kingsley someday in 2021 in Abuja, inside the jurisdiction of the Excessive Courtroom of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with intent to defraud obtained the full sum of Three Hundred and Seventy Thousand United States {Dollars}($370,000) from Nicole Kierulff Sayers beneath the false pretence of being a purported cost to finance a contract with Federal Ministry of Works and Housing with Contract No: RC/FGN/0275AN/20 issued to Nwachi Chidozie Kingsley, a declare which you knew to be false and thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 1(1)(b) of Advance Payment Fraud and Different Fraud Associated Offences Act, 2006 and punishable beneath Part 1(3) of the identical Act”.

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