Nigerian national Paul Gabriel Amos, who was jailed in Singapore this May after he admitted his connection to the 2008 Citibank money laundering case, is back in court to face another cheating charge after allegedly cheating another Changi Prison inmate of SGD $38,000.
48-year-old Paul Gabriel Amos, who is a Singapore Permanent Resident, is based in Singapore and worked as a director of a Singapore-based wholesale company.
He played a role in the 2008 money laundering scandal, in which Citibank was duped into transferring a hefty SGD 37.2 million from the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE)’s corporate account to various accounts worldwide, in exchange for a cut of the criminal proceeds and received over S$420,000 as commission for completing the job.
Amos was arrested in the US in 2009. In May this year, he was sentenced to three years’ jail by the Singapore court. Amos returned to court on Wednesday (31 July) to face a fresh cheating charge after cheating a Changi Prison inmate of $38,000.
While he was in remand for his previous offences at Changi Prison Complex between January and May this year, Amos became familiar with inmate Milled El Khouri and deceived the victim into believing that the money the victim gave him would be used to post bail for him.
Duped into believing Amos’ claims, Milled El Khouri – who was in jail for offences that include receiving stolen car parts – delivered cash to a person named Chung Ting Fai through a person named Enkhadalai Mandakh.
Amos will return to court on 28 Aug and could face up to 10 years in jail and a fine if he is convicted of cheating.
These are not Amos’ only brush with Singapore law. Amos became better known to Singaporeans after he was spotted driving a blue Lamborghini in a reckless manner. For speeding through a narrow gap between two vehicles along the ECP in 2016, he was fined S$4,200 and disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for a year.