Suspected Nigerian fraudster, Olalekan Ponle aka Mr Woodberry pleads not guilty to the fraud charges levelled against him.
He made his plea prosecutors arraigned him arraigned before Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cummings of the United States District Court in Illinois.
CANDIIDONLINE recalls that though the fraud charges against Mr Ponle has been dismissed, the grand jury’s indictment, which summed his offences into eight counts charge is still active.
Appearing before the court on Saturday, July 25, the suspected Nigerian fraudster (Woodberry) acknowledged the receipt of the indictment and entered a plea of not guilty to each count.
Documents obtained read that;
“Defendant appears in response to his arrest on 7/2/20. Attorney, Michael Nash, appears on behalf of the defendant. Defendant informed of the charges against him as well as of the possible sentence fine if convicted of those charges.
“Arraignment proceedings held. The Defendant acknowledges receipt of the Indictment. He waives formal reading, and enters a plea of not guilty to each count against him.”
The judicial authorities slated August 8, for status hearing. The hearing ascertains the readiness of the case for trial. Consequently, Mr Woodberry will remain in the custody of the United States Marshals Service.
Meanwhile, Ali Sadiq, a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has recounted how the bureau tracked the alleged fraudster.
Sadiq said, the suspected Nigerian fraudster, Woodberry, often adopted a pseudonym Mark Kain online.
He defrauded several United States-based companies through Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes.
“This scheme compromises legitimate business email accounts through computer intrusion techniques or social engineering. Thereafter, it uses those accounts to cause the unauthorized transfer of funds.”
“Woodberry was nabbed through details accessed from his WhatsApp, iPhone and Bitcoin transactions, court documents”.