A Nigerian, Amos Paul Gabriel, 48, who was sentenced to three years in jail for defrauding the Ethiopian government of $27.2m, was on Wednesday charged with cheating another inmate while in remand at Changi Prison in Singapore.
Amos, who is a permanent resident in Singapore has been accused of deceiving Milled El Khouri into believing that a sum of $27, 560, provided by El Khouri, would be used to post bail for the latter, reports Yahoo News Singapore.
Believing Amos, El Khouri had the sum of money delivered to a person named Chung Ting Fai through another person named Enkhadalai Mandakh.
During his previous legal cases, Amos had been represented by a lawyer also named Chung Ting Fai.
El Khouri is an Australian businessman who is wanted in Australia for allegedly receiving stolen cars and dealing with criminal proceeds. He was detained in Singapore in January last year.
Amos’ is said to have committed the crime between January and May 2019 at Changi Prison Complex while he was in remand for his money laundering offences. His charge sheet did not state the roles played by Chung and Enkhadalai in the alleged offence.
Charged via videolink, Amos said that he had a lawyer but was not aware of the new charge against him. He will be back in court on 28 August.
Amos was sentenced to three years’ jail on 16 May this year for the money laundering offences.
On the same day, he was also fined $4,200 for reckless driving after nearly causing an accident on the East Coast Parkway expressway sometime in 2016 while in his blue Lamborghini.
For his current charge, Amos faces up to 10 years in jail or a fine if convicted.