Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Sodje brothers accused laundering £80,000 fraud money.

Former Nigeria internationals Sam and Efe Sodje have been accused alongside their brother, Akpo of being involved in channelling proceeds from scam.

Sam and Efe are on trial at the Old Bailey this week and pleaded not guilty

Akpo Sodje, who also is an ex footballer with Charlton Athletic and now lives in Dubai, declined to return to Britain to be interviewed by the police.

It is alleged that the three footballer brothers helped launder cash from an £80,000 international fraud, a court heard.

Already retired Premier League player Sam Sodje, who represented Reading, Charlton Athletic and Nigeria  during his playing days alongside with siblings Efe and Akpo, were allegedly involved in channelling proceeds from the said scam which targeted firms in Colombia, India, Italy and Abu Dhabi.

Sam and Efe are on trial with two other men, Emmanuel Ehikhamen and Andrew Oruma.

The Prosecutor Christopher Julian QC told the jury that the total fraud over the course of a month in 2013 amounted to just under £80,000.

He said: 'This case is about international money laundering. In November 2013 a number of companies around the world - in Colombia, India, Italy and Abu Dhabi - were the victims of fraud.

'They were sent emails which they thought came from their suppliers to whom they owed money, but the emails provided new, false, bank details to which the money should apparently be sent.

'There were two bank accounts to which these companies were tricked into sending money. One belonged to the first defendant, Emmanuel Ehikhamen, the other to a man named Akpo Sodje, brother of the defendants Efe Sodje and Sam Sodje.

'The prosecution allege that all four of them and also the defendant Andrew Oruma were involved in an arrangement to facilitate the receiving and onward transmission of money which had been obtained by these frauds, keeping some as financial rewards for their assistance.'

Mr Christopher told jurors there was no evidence any of the defendants were involved in the actual fraud. The evidence against them came from the way the money was passed between bank accounts as well as text and WhatsApp messages.

The prosecutor said the issue in the trial would be whether the defendants received money, transferred it on or withdrew it in cash knowing or suspecting it was the proceeds of crime.

Ehikhamen, 42, of south-east London, Oruma, 49, of Bexley, south London, Efe Sodje, 35, Cheadle, Greater Manchester, and Sam Sodje, 38, of Dartford, Kent, all deny the money laundering accusation.

Source: Dailymail

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