NIGERIAN, Uche Raymond Okoye called “Uche Parker” was, on Wednesday, remanded to prison on a series of fraud-related charges for allegedly swindling $6.1M from his victims. Okoye, whose local address is Delph Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
He was not required to plead to 10 charges instituted by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Guyana Police Force which alleged that between October 15- November 16, 2020, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he obtained from two women a total of $6.1M by falsely claiming that he was in possession of a package intended to be sent to them.
Okoye was also slapped with one count of obtaining money by false pretence and he pleaded not guilty to that charge.
Leslyn Noble, Attorney-at-Law appeared on behalf of the prosecution.
According to reports, Okoye is suspected to be part of a criminal network involving Nigerians who collaborate with other associates to solicit cash from their victims by promising high-valued merchandise to be delivered following the payment of a charge or fee.
It is allegedly that Okoye befriended his victims on Facebook while using a fake account and promised that the items would be delivered once the monies are paid through bank transfers and Western Union. The Chief Magistrate remanded Okoye to prison until March 17.
Okoye is currently on remand on two counts of obtaining money by false pretence, demanding money by menace and that he entered Guyana illegally.