Wilson Daphey Arraigned by EFCC for Alleged €120,150 Fraud and Money Laundering Charges
Wilson Daphey, also known as Jeffrey Guiseppe, was brought before Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of a Federal High Court in Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday.
He faced nine charges, including obtaining money under false pretenses and money laundering. According to the charges, Daphey, with the aid of other accomplices, obtained £120,150 from Ms. Petra Goschenhofer.
Daphey allegedly posed as an American civil engineer residing in Rome and Dubai for a construction project. The defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges, and his bail application will be ruled on May 17 while he remains in EFCC custody.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleged that Daphey, who posed as an American civil engineer on Instagram, obtained the sum of €69,880 and £120,150 from Ms. Petra Goschenhofer under false pretenses between November 2018 and December 2019. Daphey was aided in the scheme by Evans Nnamdi Aguh, Christopher Chinedu Ajufo, Ifeanyi Enuma, and Ojinanaka Kingsley Chukwuma, who are currently at large.
Furthermore, Daphey was also accused of taking possession of N10.5 million between January 15, 2020, and January 28, 2021, which he knew or ought to have known was obtained through fraudulent means. As a result, he was charged with nine counts of money laundering and obtaining money under false pretenses.
During his arraignment, Daphey pleaded not guilty to all the charges. His defense counsel, E.O Clement, moved an application for bail on behalf of his client, while the prosecution counsel, Deborah Ademu-Eteh, requested a trial date and for the defendant to remain in EFCC custody.
Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon of the Federal High Court in Abuja adjourned the matter till May 17 for a ruling on the bail application. The judge ordered that Daphey be remanded in EFCC custody until the next hearing.