A United States court has dismissed a fraud case against a Nigerian accused of multi-million dollar wire fraud, Olalekan Ponle, popularly known as Mr Woodberry.
Mr Ponle was arrested alongside his associate, Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi on June 10 by a combined team of Dubai police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI for multiple fraud charges
Dubai police extradited both Nigerians to the U.S. on July 2.
According to the charges, the 29-year-old was accused of tricking an unnamed Chicago-based company of transferring about $15.2million to him.
He was arraigned on charges bordering on wire fraud conspiracy at a US District Court in Illinois.
However, the US government through its attorney, John Lausch filed a motion to dismiss the case against 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.
Judge Robert W. Gettleman on Tuesday, issued a court order which said the government’s motion to dismiss complaint without prejudice was granted.
“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.
When a case is dismissed without prejudice, like in the case of Mr Ponle, the dismissal is temporary 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.
Mr Ponle hasn’t been released from detention as at the time of writing this report.