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A Nigerian man, already in trouble with the law after being accused of marrying three Jamaican women last year, was arrested by police in connection with a visa scam recently.

Police told THE STAR that between January 5, and February 22, 2010, Shadrach Ifeanyi Momah, operating under the name Dick Motsewetsho, is accused of collecting $60,000 from a woman as payment for a 10-year visitor's visa to the United States.

However, after delays and the failure of the accused to hand over the visa or return the money, the woman reported the matter to the police. Momah was arrested at his Ripon Road, Kingston 5, business place. He was held with a Jamaican driver's licence in the name Dick Motsewetsho.

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Reports further revealed that the accused did a deed pole in 2008 at the Lagos State High Court in Nigeria, changing his name from Dick Motsewetsho to Ifeanyi Momah and he used the Jamaican driver's licence, which he had in the name Dick Motsewetsho, to collect a part of the 'visa payment' through Western Union. The other sum of money was deposited to his Scotiabank business account.

Subsequent to his arrest, the accused was charged with obtaining money by means of false pretence and conspiracy to deceive. He is also charged with possession of forged documents after checks with the authorities showed that the Inland Revenue Department did not issue the drivers' licence the accused had in the name Dick Motsewetsho.

The accused is to stand trial in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on March 16, at which time his ongoing bigamy case will also be revisited.

In that matter, which started early last year, Momah was arrested during an operation carried out by Fraud Squad detectives and officers from the Immigration Department.

During a raid on a Ripon Road-based office occupied by Momah, the authorities discovered documents which revealed that he had married three Jamaican women between July and December 2009.

The police is requesting that anyone who may have been defrauded by this man to visit or contact the Half-Way Tree CIB at 926-2551. Reports state that the accused man also goes by the name 'Simon'.

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Comment by carlo scarlatti on March 19, 2010 at 4:06am
Isn't this the same guy who was marrying women from left to right? A dat fi 'appen to dem, bout dem waa go a farin dem wooda do any god almighty ting fi reach deh. To Claudine Williams: Girl don't be so hard-headed. It's never nice to bash a large group of people based on a few bad eggs. Believe me, a lot of cultures from "first world" to "third world" have both good and bad people...BUT, the good ALWAYS outnumber the bad.

It's the same way I & I as Jamaicans gets labeled because of some stupid s*** that a one guy or a few guys might have done. It nuh right, suh mi ah implore yu, no badda do it, worse yu come ah defen it like a sumpn good yu did seh. From yu wrong yu wrong, a dat mi ah seh, no discrimination roun ere. Can you imagine calling your black brothers "ugly nigerian animals"? Those women were just as stupid and dishonest to think seh dem wooda get visa from a man weh nuh even work inna embassy? Suh duh, please mi ah beg oonu Black people, don't bring down a whole nation of people because a man con some stupid and dishonest people.

Nuff Black Americans and even Jamaicans, and I'm sure that many other Caribbean countries also have their fair share of con artists and dishonest people. Suh mi ah beg yu mi dear Claudine, God nuh love dem words weh yu have up inna yu head ah harbor! It nuh look or soun' good. Bless Up! Peace & Love! One God, One Aim, One Destiny!
Comment by Claudine Williams on March 18, 2010 at 4:42pm
good for you.!!! birds of a feather flock together!!!
Comment by Claudine Williams on March 18, 2010 at 4:40pm
couldnt careless...birds of a feather flock together!!!!!
Comment by Jean Anderson on March 18, 2010 at 11:23am
Isn't that pure racism to condemn a whole nation based on the acts of a dishonest subset of 250million people. Do not blame white people for being racist against you if you do the same thing, I know thousands of nigerians who are the nicest people I have met
Comment by Claudine Williams on March 17, 2010 at 5:13pm
them tiefing ugly nigerian animals...gunshot fi beet ina dem thick ugly skin...hate the bast**rds.
Comment by Marlon brown on March 16, 2010 at 6:47pm
These are the people who give black people there bad name and stigmatize the race, clean up our acts Nigerians Jamaica is the wrong place to try and trick people out of there money you will get gun shot no questions asked, just give thanks that it was the police that come for you.
Comment by kathy joseph on March 16, 2010 at 4:00pm
con man on the loose look out
Comment by kitty c on March 16, 2010 at 1:06pm
Damn nigerians try to con people wherever they go. People be careful of them. Dem full a sweet mouth.

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