Michael Nash, the Chicago lawyer representing Olalekan Ponle a.k.a Woodberry has revealed why a US court dismissed the fraud case against his client.
Newsbreakers reported earlier today that a US court dismissed the case against Woodberry. The United States Attorney John R. Lausch requested that the case against Woodberry be dismissed without prejudice, even though he was indicted by a grand jury on an eight-count charge of wire fraud.
Woodberry’s lawyer told Premium Times that the case was dismissed because the government charged his client with a slightly different crime.
He said; “The government dismissed the case because it charged him with a slightly different crime. In the long run, no difference.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Joseph D. Fitzpatrick who spoke on behalf of the plaintiff also told the publication that although the FBI complaint is dismissed, the grand jury’s indictment is still active.
He said; “We dismissed the complaint, but the indictment (charging 8 counts of wire fraud) is still active. We cannot comment on the dismissal of the complaint, but I wanted to make sure you knew the indictment is still active. Mr. Ponle has now been charged by indictment, instead of being charged by the complaint by FBI.”
Woodberry, however, remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshal.