The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday charged Ijeboye Dennis and Obed on Monday appeared in court.
They were brought to trial before Judge Abubakar Baba Shani of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Apo, Abuja.
Dennis (aka Andrew Tran Huynh) and Monday claimed to be an FBI chief and diplomatic director.
The defendants are accused of conspiring and obtaining $2,822,860 under a false pretense.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it took down Holly Ngo, a US citizen, while posing as American doctors stranded in Afghanistan.
The agency indicted Dennis, Monday, Ekhoguagbon Osazuwa Patrick (aka Patrick Paul – at large) and Omage Emmanuel Omole (deceased).
The five accused recounted how they committed the alleged fraud between January 2021 and September 2021 in Abuja.
The offense violates Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offenses Act 2006 and is punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
The judge overruled the objection of their lawyer, Saint Sane, that his clients only received the charge and proof of evidence on Wednesday.
After they pleaded “innocence”, the prosecuting attorney, Christopher Mchilea, called the court to set a trial date and put them back on remand.
However, Sani has requested that Dennis and Monday remain in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission pending a decision on his bail request.
But Judge Baba Shani sent the defendants back to Sulija Correctional Facility and adjourned until January 11, 2023.
EFCC is preparing a fake FBI leader and accomplice in a $2.8 million wire fraud