Finally, a US court clears Allen Onyema of the allegation of fraud in the purchase of Air Peace planes
This is what Onyema’s lawyers, AO Alegho and Co, said in a press release published in Nigeria on Friday.
The lawyers said it followed a ruling by the District Court in Atalanta, Georgia, in the United States on Friday.
After a three-year investigation involving approximately five government agencies and the legal fireworks that followed, the United States of America has cleared Air Peace Chairman Allen Onyema of allegations of fraud against him in the purchase of planes for the airline.
The District Court in Atlanta, Georgia, cleared Allen Onyema of commercial fraud.
The court, which found there was no loss against a bank in the indictment filed by the Northern District of Georgia attorney, however ordered probation and a $4,000 fine against a former Springfield Aviation Company Inc. staff member, Ebony Mayfield on Friday.
A statement from Augustine Alegeh & Co., the airline’s attorney, explained that Mayfield was a Springfield administrative staff member with limited knowledge of letter of credit transactions, who pleaded guilty to one count of accusation in the indictment, probably as she realized. the futility of trying to explain several letters of credit used to purchase aircraft for Air Peace Limited in a jury trial.
Probation, the firm explained, is the lowest possible sentence under US federal law. The company noted that there had been false and unsubstantiated press reports in Nigeria about the indictment.
“Our clients have never taken out a loan or credit from any US bank and Mayfield has never received the sum of $20,000 at any time for committing fraud as it is being peddled by a section of the press Nigerian.
“There was no loss of money or damage of any kind to third parties. The US government admitted in court that no bank suffered any financial loss in this case.
“Mayfield, like other Springfield Aviation Company Inc. personnel, only received his bi-weekly salary and/or allowances,” he said.
According to the firm, the ruling confirmed its clients’ position that there was no fraudulent intent in all letters of credit, as there was no victimization in any way, manner or form.
All funds involved, he explained, were legitimate funds belonging to his clients.
“Our customers maintain their innocence in the matter and declare that all actions taken regarding letters of credit have been taken in good faith and with legitimate funds.
“All aircraft involved were brought to Nigeria and used in Air Peace Limited operations. There were no casualties. There was no loss of funds to anyone and there was no there was no criminal intent.
“Our client’s position has been reviewed by various law enforcement agencies in Nigeria and no evidence of criminality has been established against them. Our clients remain committed to asserting their innocence,” the firm said.