United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York, Ramon Reyes has revealed that the surety provided by Abidemi Rufai, the suspended aide of Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, is also a suspected fraudster.
Recall that Abidemi Rufai was arrested for fraud while trying to get out of the United States.
Following the development, Rufai, who was arraigned in court presented a registered nurse identified as Nekpen Soyemi as his surety after his brother, Alaba Rufai, who is listed in court records could not post the $300,000 surety bond for his bail.
His release was delayed until May 25 by Magistrate Reyes, to give enough time to federal prosecutors to appeal the order.
However, Acting U.S. Attorney, Tessa Gorma in a letter to the court alleged that Ms Soyemi is also a suspected fraudster and should not be allowed to stand as a surety for Mr Rufai.
Gorma also said the FBI is unable to confirm that the Surety owns real property, as there are no records showing that she has an interest in the property listed in the court document.
“First, the FBI has conducted research into the Surety and has learned information indicating that she is not an appropriate person to perform that role.
“In 2015, the Surety’s bank (Bank of America) issued a report naming the Surety as a suspect in an investigation into an email impersonation scheme.
“According to the bank’s report, a person purporting to be a donor deposited $134,000 into the bank account of a legitimate nonprofit. The “donor” (who was never identified) then contacted the non-profit and stated that some of the deposited funds were intended for a different recipient.
“The donor asked the non-profit to wire the excess funds to three different accounts, one of which was a Bank of America account in the Surety’s name. The report indicated that the Surety then made cash withdrawals of the proceeds at two different B of A locations. The Surety did not respond to inquiries from the Bank of America.
“Second, FBI’s research was unable to confirm that the Surety owns the listed real property. Mortgage and deed records for the property indicate that it was last purchased by an individual with the initials L.S.G. on November 7, 2014.
The Surety has also submitted records showing that she has $335 in Robinhood investment account and $1,838 in a checking account. Neither submission suggests the Surety is in a position to secure a $300,000 bond,” the letter said.