The fraud case against Olalekan Ponle popularly known as Mr Woodberry who was arrested alongside Ramon Abbas’s aka Hushpuppi has been dismissed without prejudice by a US court .
Prosecutors disclosed that some company based in Iowa,Kansas,Michigan,New York and California were victims of fraud orchestrated by Mr Woodberry who was also accused of tricking a Chicago company into sending wire transfers totaling $15.2million.
After his arrest on June 10 and extradition to the United States 2nd of July he was indicted by a grand jury on an 8 count charge of wire fraud. But in a turn of events the United States through its attorney John R Lausch requesting that the case be dismissed 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.”
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.
Mr Gentleman said;
“Without objection the complaint against defendant Ponle is dismissed without prejudice. Motion presentment hearing set for 7/23/2020 is stricken.”
Since Woodberry’s case was dismissed without prejudice, it is temporal as the prosecutor can refile the case within a certain period of time.
The probable causes of dismissal range from unavailability of sufficient evidence, an improper criminal complaint or charging document, to loss of evidence necessary to prove the defendant committed the crime.