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Friday, July 24, 2020

Woodberry: Hushpuppi's co-defendant case of fraud dismissed by U.S court

Mr Woodberry

Case of fraud against Olalekan Ponle a.k.a Mr Woodberry, Hushpuppi's co-defendant in the United States of America has been dismissed by court.

Woodberry was accused and arraigned of tricking a Chicago company into sending wire transfers totaling $15.2 million. 

Mr Woodberry

According to the US Prosecutors, companies based in Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, New York, and California were also victims of the fraud.

Woodberry was arrested in the United Arab Emirates on June 10, along with Hushpuppi following a raid by Dubai crime unit operatives, and was subsequently extradited to the United States on July 2.

A grand jury however indicted Woodberry on an eight-count charge of wire fraud, the United States government on Monday, July 20th filed a motion through its attorney John R. Lausch, requesting that the case against him be dismissed without prejudice.

Mr Woodberry
Lausch said;

“Counsel for the government has spoken with counsel for the defendant and defendant’s counsel has no objection to this motion. Respectfully submitted."

The government counsel added that the request was made in accordance to Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 48, which states that the government may, with leave of court, dismiss an indictment, information, or complaint.

In view of this, a court order issued by Judge Robert W. Gettleman on Tuesday, July 21, confirmed that the government’s motion to dismiss complaint without prejudice was granted.
Mr Woodberry
Judge Robert said;

“Without objection, the complaint against defendant Ponle is dismissed without prejudice. Motion presentment hearing set for 7/23/2020 is stricken."

Woodberry's case was dismissed without prejudice, but it is temporal relief as the prosecutor would refile the case with proper charges within a specified period of time.

Cases are usually dismissed for want of evidence or inappropriate charges.

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