The fraud case against Olalekan Ponle a.k.a Mr Woodberry who was arrested alongside Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi, has been dismissed by a United States’ (U.S) court.
Woodberry was indicted by a grand jury on an eight-count charge of wire fraud but the U.S government filed a motion on Monday July 20th through its attorney John R. Lausch, requesting that the case against him be dismissed without prejudice
He was accused of tricking a Chicago company into sending wire transfers totalling $15.2 million and Prosecutors claimed companies based in Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, New York and California were also victims of the fraud.
He was picked up in the United Arab Emirate on June 10 after a raid by operatives of the Dubai crime unit.
Thereafter, he was extradited to the U.S. on July 2.
His Attorney, 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.”
He added that the request was made in pursuant with Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 48, which states that the government may, with leave of court, dismiss an indictment, information, or complaint.
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.