UPDATE: Fraud Trial Of Suspended Abiodun’s Aide Postponed To 2022

Abidemi Rufai

The United States has reportedly postponed the fraud trial of suspended aide to Ogun Governor Abidemi Rufai to 2022.

Recall that Abidemi was indicted for alleged conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. He was arrested at the JFK airport in New York on May 14 over alleged $350,000 COVID-19 unemployment fraud in the United States. Read Here

According to reports, the prosecutor submitted 97,000-page materials at the U.S. District for the Western District of Washington at Tacoma, on July 26.

Acting US Attorney Tessa M. Gorman had said Rufai filed fraudulent unemployment claims with Hawaii, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania, using variations of a single email address in a manner intended to evade automatic detection by fraud systems.

The trial which was scheduled to commence on August 31, has now been postponed to February 1, 2022 and, the new trial date is based on agreement between the prosecution and the defence, describing the case as “unusual and complex”.

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