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Nigerian Man Arrested In UK, Extradited To Malta To Face Romance Fraud Charges

Nigerian Man Arrested In UK, Extradited To Malta To Face Romance Fraud Charges

Johnson Anene, a 41-year-old Nigerian nationwide, has been remanded in custody after being dropped at Malta to face fraud and cash laundering expenses.

According to MaltaToday, Anene who lived in St Paul’s Bay earlier than leaving for the UK, appeared in courtroom on Wednesday after being arrested in Britain and transferred to the custody of the Maltese authorities on the energy of a European Arrest Warrant.

Anene who pleaded not responsible to the costs had been positioned on the needed checklist by the police in reference to the arraignment, final yr, of a number of different people accused of taking part in an element in a web based romance fraud rip-off.

One of the accused individuals was former footballer Sunday Eboh.

According to the report, the group’s aged sufferer had been duped into sending cash to an individual pretending to be a lonely American soldier deployed in Afghanistan. That case remains to be ongoing.

The courtroom throughout Anene’s listening to was advised that the continuing investigations into the romance fraud scheme, being carried out by Paola district police, along with the Financial Crime Unit, had recognized Anene.

Magistrate Rachel Montebello was advised by Prosecuting legal professionals Abigail Caruana Vella, Sean Xerri de Caro and Karl Muscat, along with Inspectors Claire Borg, Sarah Kathleen Zerafa to provide an order that Anene’s property ought to be frozen.

The courtroom was knowledgeable by the defence counsel lawyer Rachel Tua that the extradition was not being contested and made a request for bail, emphasising the accused’s robust household ties to Malta.

The request was opposed by the prosecution, who argued that the investigation had revealed that Anene had fled Malta to flee prosecution for these crimes.

It was solely lately that he had been arrested within the UK below the EAW issued by Malta and transferred into the custody of the Maltese police.

Meanwhile, the courtroom didn’t uphold the bail request, ordering the person to be remanded in custody.

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