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US Court Issues Arrest Warrant For Air Peace CEO, Allen Onyema

The warrant authorised US Marshals Service to bring Onyema into custody. 
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A Court in the United States has issued a warrant of arrest against Air Peace CEO, over bank fraud and money laundering charges in the .

Premium Times reports that the warrant was signed on November 19 by Justin Anand, a US magistrate in the district court of the northern district of Georgia.

The warrant, the newspaper said, authorised US Marshals Service to bring Onyema into custody.

In a statement issued by the US Department of Justice, Onyema was accused of money laundry to the tune of $20 Million from Nigeria through US bank accounts in a scheme involving “false documents” based on the purchase of airplanes.

He was indicted alongside Ejiroghene Eghagha, the airline’s chief of administration and finance, who is said to have committed aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme.

“Onyema allegedly leveraged his status as a prominent business leader and airline executive while using falsified documents to commit fraud,” Byung J, US attorney of the district, was quoted to have said.

Onyema has however denied the allegations claiming that all his transactions with the US have been through the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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