A British court heard during the week of how former Super Eagles defender, Efe Sodje, his brothers, Sam and Akpo, all ex-footballers and two other Nigerians, Andrew Oruma and Emmanuel Ehikhamen scammed unsuspecting victims to the tune of £80,000.
The prosecutor, Julian Christopher QC, told the Old Bailey, that the trio of Efe, Sam, Akpo and other accused used their bank accounts to launder proceeds of frauds perpetrated apparently by their fraudulent countrymen.
‘There were two bank accounts to which these companies were tricked into sending the money.
‘One belonged to Emmanuyel Ehikhamen, the other to a man named Akpo Sodje, brother to the defendans Efe Sodje and Sam Sodje, Christopher was said to have told the court by Daily Mail.
The paper said the prosecution allege that all four defendants were involved in an arrangement to facilitate the receipt and onward transmission of money which has been obtained by fraud, once their own financial rewards had been deducted.
It said the unsuspecting firms paid into a London accounts belonging to Ehikhamen, who then transferred it to Akpo Sodje.
It is claimed that an Italian based Oliver Group sent £7,302 to Akpo Sodje, after someone posed as Qindao Fullrun Tyre Company, demanding a down payment while Akpo Sodje received another £7,908 from Indian company Vishal Industries, giving some to his mother.
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It was alleged that an Abu Dhabi based company Global Drilling Solutions sent £27,862 to Ehikhamen’s account after another fake invoice arrive in their inbox demanding a payment for Shanghai SK Petroleum & Chemical Equipment Corporation Ltd, in China.
The report said two other companies, Jako Importaciones, from Columbia and Italian machinery wholesalers Sgorbati Vegetec sent £25,128 and £3,159 respectively.
Sam Sodje allegedly received more than £30,000 from his brother Akpo, withdrawing £9,000 of it in cash.
‘Akpo is not amongst the defendants in the dock simply because he now lives in Dubai and has declined an invitation to return to this country to be interviewed about these offences,” the publication quoted the prosecutor as saying.
The trial continues.