A Nigerian man currently serving jail time in Singapore over fraud, has again been charge with another crime of cheating his fellow prisoner.
Amos Paul Gabriel who was jailed two months ago over a scheme to swindle Citibank in New York City was charged, Wednesday, July 31st for a fresh offence of cheating.
Gabriel, 48, was charged via video-link for cheating one Milled Ed Khouri, who was at Changi Prison Complex between January and May last year with Amos.
He is accused of deceiving the victim into delivering AUD40,000 (S$37,745) to another person by convincing him the money would be used to post bail for him.
Gabriel is currently serving a three-year jail term slammed on him on May 16 for money laundering and traffic offences.
He was first convicted for money-laundering scheme involving transfers of about US$27.2 million to accounts in the United States, Australia, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Korea.
District Judge Terence Tay asked Gabriel on Wednesday via video-link how he intends to plead, to which he replied, “I’m not pleading any charge. I think I need to talk to my lawyer. I have a lawyer but I’m not aware of this case. I only received the information last night that I’m coming to court.”
The judge answered, “you should be aware by now, because you are now in court, there are a lot of people here looking at you.”
He granted Gabriel an adjournment to speak to a lawyer. He is expected back to court on August 28. If convicted of cheating, he faces up to 10 years’ jail and a fine.