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Onyema and Air Peace remain determined to affirm their innocence – Lawyer


Oct. 29 (THEWILL) – Air Peace Limited’s lawyer, chairman, Allen Onyema and chief administrative and financial officer, Ejiro Eghagha, AO Alegeh & Co Legal Practitioners & Notaries Public, said their clients remain resolved to assert their innocence following the US indictment for alleged fraud of $20,000.00.

In an official statement dated October 28, 2022, released Friday, the attorney said the indictment filed against Ebony Mayfield by the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, was concluded Friday before the district court in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ebony Mayfield previously pleaded guilty to the charge in United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta on June 29.

Following his guilty plea, trial judge Eleanor Ross set the case for October 28, which is now closed.

Attorney says Ebony Mayfield, a former Springfield Aviation Company Inc. staff member, was probated and fined $4,000 as a result of the criminal indictment filed against her by the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, after an investigation spanning more than three years and involving approximately five US government agencies.

Ebony, the attorney noted, was an administrative staff member with limited knowledge of letter of credit transactions and pleaded guilty to one count in the indictment, likely because she realized the futility of trying to explain multiple letters of credit used to purchase aircraft for the air. Peace Limited in a jury trial.

“Probation is the lowest possible sentence available under US federal law. Ebony was not sentenced to jail, incarceration or house arrest by the Court. This confirms our clients’ position that there was no fraudulent intent in all letters of credit, and there was no victimization in any way, manner or form.

The attorney also pointed out that all funds involved were legitimate funds belonging to their clients, adding, “There was no loss of money or damage to any third party.”

“The US government acknowledged in court today that no bank suffered any financial loss in this case. There have been false and unsubstantiated press reports in Nigeria about the indictment and Ebony Mayfield.

“Our clients have never taken a loan or credit from a US bank and Ebony has never received the sum of $20,000.00 at any time for committing fraud, as a section of the press peddles Nigerian.

“Ebony, like other Springfield Aviation Company Inc. personnel, only received her bi-weekly salary and/or allowances. These stories are far from the truth and are deliberately peddled by a section of the Nigerian press for ulterior motives.

“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.

“The position of our clients has been reviewed by various law enforcement agencies in Nigeria and no evidence of criminality has been established against our clients,” the lawyer said.