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General News of Friday, 24 July 2020

Source: MyNigeria

Indictment against Woodberry still active - US Attorney

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Joseph D. Fitzpatrick has said that the indictment against Olalekan Ponle a.k.a Woodberry is still active.

Fitzpatrick disclosed this after a US Court dismissed a fraud allegation against Woodberry who was arrested alongside Instagram celebrity, Hushpuppi.

The attorney revealed that even though the allegation has been dismissed, an indictment by a grand jury on an eight-count charge of wire fraud still stands.

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”.

Meanwhile, Michael Nash, the Chicago lawyer representing Woodberry, has revealed that the dismissal of the allegation of fraud against his client makes no difference.

“The government dismissed the case because it charged him with a slightly different crime. In the long run, no difference", he said.

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