In the ongoing fraud case against suspected internet fraudsters, Raymond Igbalode Abbas, and his cohort Olalekan Ponle, aka Woodberry, a US district judge has dismissed the case against Ponle, OYOGist.com has gathered.
Ponle was arrested alongside Abbas in Dubai on the 10th of June, 2020 in a joint effort of the Dubai e-Police and the FBI. The men were subsequently extradited to the United States of America on the 2nd of July, where they faced fraud charges.
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On his own part, Ponle was accused of defrauding a Chicago-based company into wiring $15.6 million to him.
Ponle was arraigned before a US District Court in Illinois on allegations bordering on wire fraud conspiracy.
On Monday (23rd of July, 2020), the Attorney General for US State of Illinois, John Lausch, filed a motion requesting the dismissal of the case against Olalekan Ponle, without prejudice.
“Counsel for the government has spoken with counsel for the defendant and defendant’s counsel has no objection to this motion. Respectfully submitted,” Mr Lausch said.
The fraud case against Ponle was then dismissed by the court.
“Without objection, the complaint against defendant Ponle is dismissed without prejudice. Motion presentment hearing set for 7/23/2020 is stricken,” Judge Robert W. Gettleman ruled.