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Woodberry Pleads not Guilty to Fraud Charges
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Woodberry Pleads not Guilty to Fraud Charges

Suspected Nigerian fraudster, Olalekan Ponle a.k.a Mr Woodberry has pleaded not guilty to the fraud charges levelled against him after being arraigned before Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cummings of the United States District Court in Illinois. Recall LIB reported earlier that though the fraud charges agiainsr 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 acknowledged the receipt of the indictment and entered a plea of not guilty to each count. Documents obtained by Premium Times read;  “Defendant appears in response to his arrest on 7/2/20. Attorney, Michael Nash, appears on behalf of the d...
FBI commends EFCC over indictment of 6 Nigerians for cyber crime
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FBI commends EFCC over indictment of 6 Nigerians for cyber crime

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) for offering assistance to it in the investigation and prosecution of six Nigerians involved in Business Email Compromise ( BEC) and wire fraud in the U.S. United States Attorney, Joe Kelly and Special FBI Agent, Kristi Johnson, in a release made available to the EFCC, commended the Commission for its “ past and continued assistance in pursuing those that engage in Business Email Compromise and other fraud schemes” Six Nigerians: Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh; Alex Afolabi Ogunshakin; Michael Olorunyomi; Felix Osilama Okpoh, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode and Nnamdi Orson Benson were indicted and sanctioned by the FBI for conducting elaborate fraud schemes involving alleged stealing of mo...
I Didn’t Commit Fraud on American Soil, FBI Searched my Phones and Laptops Illegally – Obinwanne Okeke tells US Court
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I Didn’t Commit Fraud on American Soil, FBI Searched my Phones and Laptops Illegally – Obinwanne Okeke tells US Court

32-year-old CEO of Invictus Group and Forbes-rated young Nigerian billionaire, Obinwanne Okeke who is facing two counts of computer and wire fraud in the United States has filed a prelimnary objection to the charges. Obinwanne Okeke stated that the American authorities lacked jurisdiction to charge him for fraud as he did not commit the offence he is being accused of in America, neither was any American companies or individuals defrauded at the time of his indictment. The businessman's lawyers who asked for the case to be struck out as the arrest should have never happened, pointed out that prosecutors only stated in the indictment that he swindled Unatrac, a subsidiary of American equipment manufacturer 'Caterpillar' of $11 million. They also cited multiple previous authorities ...
Zulum’s Reward Of Igbo Teacher Indictment On Divisive Politicians – Falana
Politics

Zulum’s Reward Of Igbo Teacher Indictment On Divisive Politicians – Falana

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the recent act of kindness by Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, is an indictment on those who categorise victims of Boko Haram insurgents along religious lines. Zulum visited Shehu Sanda Kyarimi 2 primary school around 6:30 am on Friday where he met Obiageli Mazi, a class teacher. Impressed by her dedication to work, the governor commended and rewarded her with a cash gift of N100,000 cash. He also recommended her for promotion, and in less than 24 hours, the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) announced her promotion to assistant headmistress. In a statement issued on Sunday, Falana commended Zulum for rewarding Mazi irrespective of her religion and ethnicity. “No doubt, governor Zulum deserves commendation for rewarding...
Former K-Pop Star Seungri is Charged with Organising Prostitution after a String of Women Alleged they Were Served to Wealthy Men to Rape
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Former K-Pop Star Seungri is Charged with Organising Prostitution after a String of Women Alleged they Were Served to Wealthy Men to Rape

Former K-pop star, Seungri, has been indicted on charges including prostitution and habitual gambling, a year after several women alleged that they were drugged and served to wealthy men at clubs in South Korea. Lee Seung-hyun, 29, better known by his stage names Seungri and V.I, was indicted without detention at a hearing at Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office on Thursday, January 30. When his crimes were made public, Seungri dramatically quit the entertainment industry in March 2019. "I just cannot bear causing any further damage to people around me, while being hated and criticized by the public and being treated as a nation's enemy during the investigation," he wrote in an Instagram post at the time. The indictment is the most recent event in the Burning Sun scandal....
71-Year Old Man Faces Decade in Prison for Raping Disabled Man up to 100 Times
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71-Year Old Man Faces Decade in Prison for Raping Disabled Man up to 100 Times

A man, 71, has shocked jurors after it was revealed that he tricked a disabled man so he could rape him more than 100 times. Christopher Fallon, 71, abused the victim with learning difficulties two or three times a week by pretending he was giving him intimate massages to treat his chronic condition. Fallon befriended the younger man and won his trust, then he began raping him. Plymouth Crown Court heard how the predator could have raped the younger man up to 150 times over four years. But the victim’s disabilities meant he would not have always realised what was going on. Fallon claimed two vibrators from Ann Summers were massage tools but they were only for his sexual gratification. The jury heard how the victim eventually became afraid to say no to Fallon because he feare...
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South East Governors Show Support For Embattled Air Peace Boss, Allen Onyema

The South East Governors Forum has come out in support of the Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, over his indictment by the United States Department of Justice for allegedly laundering $20 million. A statement signed by Governors Ifeanyi Uguwanyi (Enugu), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Emeka Ihedioha (Imo) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), said even though the forum cannot claim to have the full knowledge of the matter, there are some insinuations it will not accept. The forum said the insinuation that some government officials are against Onyema and would want to pull him down is a ploy to instigate hatred against him as he is ‘at peace’ with the Federal Government and has on various occasions, commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for assisting him get up to five inte...
Finally, Obi ‘Invictus’ Okeke appoints Nigerian lawyer, John Iweanoje as legal representative
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Finally, Obi ‘Invictus’ Okeke appoints Nigerian lawyer, John Iweanoje as legal representative

Obinwanne 'Invictus' Okeke, the Nigerian charged by the FBI for various acts of cyber scam, has appointedJohn Iweanoje, as his lawyer.   Iweanoje takes over from Rahul Sharma, a public defender hired by a United States judge to stand as counsel to Okeke. The accused had failed to appear with a lawyer during his initial court appearance on August 9. Iweanoje indicated that he was stepping in to defend the Abuja-based businessman later the same day.   Okeke did not put in a plea when he made his first court entry. The accused, who would stand trial in Norfolk Virginia, is expected to remain in custody until a trial date is fixed. “Since he was arrested on a criminal complaint, it means he could be held in custody pending trial. The jury will decide whether to return in...
R. Kelly arrested on federal sex crime charges
Crime

R. Kelly arrested on federal sex crime charges

Few weeks after R.Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 sex-related charges, including four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, which would carry a maximum 30-year prison term, he has been arrested on federal sex crime charges in Chicago and is expected to be brought to New York.   The 52-year-old RnB singer was arrested on Thursday by New York Police Department detectives and Department of Homeland Security agents, as confirmed by New York's WNBC-TV.   Though a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office said R. Kelly faces a 13-count sex crime indictment, as well as charges related to child pornography and obstruction of justice, it is expected that his case will be announced on Friday (July 12).
FG Pays Usman Yusuf, Suspended NHIS Boss N13.8M After Indictment
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FG Pays Usman Yusuf, Suspended NHIS Boss N13.8M After Indictment

The Federal Government has paid the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, N13.8m in salary and allowances despite being indicted by a committee set up by the government to probe him, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. The seven-man committee, led by Dr. Hassan Bukar, a retired permanent secretary, set up by the government to probe the NHIS boss, had asked the government to immediately dismiss him. It was, however, learnt that between December 24, 2018 when the panel submitted its report, and April 25, 2019, the NHIS boss had received nothing less than N13.8m in salary and allowances from the government. Information obtained from the NHIS showed that the suspended NHIS executive secretary received a lump sum of N9,116,129.00 in January for ...
US Lawmakers Clash While Awaiting Brief On Mueller Report
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US Lawmakers Clash While Awaiting Brief On Mueller Report

Republican and Democratic lawmakers clashed sharply on Sunday over the meaning of the newly completed report on Russian meddling, even as they waited to be briefed on its scope and contents. President Donald Trump has yet to receive or be briefed on the findings of the Robert Mueller probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, a spokesman said from the Florida resort where Trump was spending the weekend. The president was continuing a rare silence on Twitter about the matter. Sunday marked his third day with no public comment on the investigation that he has blasted dozens of times as a “witch hunt.” Attorney General William Barr, who received the secret report on Friday, is expected to brief key members of Congress sometime Sunday, though no announcement has be...
R. Kelly denies having sex with Aaliyah’s mom
Scandals and Rumours

R. Kelly denies having sex with Aaliyah’s mom

The under fire singer says it’s a desperate attention grab from one of his accusers. Lisa Van Allen who accused Kelly of abuse in “Surviving R. Kelly” said Kelly told her he and Aaliyah’s mom, Diane Haughton, had several sexual encounters. Van Allen claims Kelly stayed at Aaliyah’s home in Detroit in the ’90s and after she’d fall asleep, he’d wander into the living room and perform various sexual acts on the couch with her mom. Sources close to R. Kelly say he absolutely denies he and Diane had anything but a friendly relationship. We’re told Kelly believes the only reason Van Allen made those claims in the Vlad TV interview is to further smear his name and grab headlines for herself. Kelly married Aaliyah in 1994 when she was just 15 but his attorney, Steve Greenberg, claims A...
Jussie Smollett facing up to 48-years in prison as he is hit with 16 charges over ‘staged homophobic and racist attack’
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Jussie Smollett facing up to 48-years in prison as he is hit with 16 charges over ‘staged homophobic and racist attack’

Embattled Empire star, Jussie Smollett has been hit with an additional 15 counts of filing a false police report by a grand jury and is now facing up to 48 years in prison Smollett who is accused of hiring Nigerian brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo for $3500 to beat him up in January, in what he later described to police as a racist and homophobic attack. He was initially charged with one Class 4 Felony charge of disorderly conduct last month but now a grand jury has applied that charge 15 times over in an 36-page indictment that was returned on Thursday. The actor is facing a maximum sentence of 48 years behind bars and fines of up to $400,000. According to Mail Online, counts one to seven apply to the comments he made to police officer Muhammed Baig, who first responded to his ...
R. Kelly’s Bail at $1 Million in Sexual Abuse Case
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R. Kelly’s Bail at $1 Million in Sexual Abuse Case

R. Kelly’s bail has been set at $1 million by a judge, on charges the singer sexually abused four females from 1998 to 2010. Under the terms of his bond, Kelly must surrender his passport and may not have contact with anyone under 18. His next court appearance is set for Monday. In the indictment against Kelly obtained by Rolling Stone, the singer has been accused of “sexual penetration” of multiple women “at least 13 years of age but under 17 years of age.” The age of consent in Illinois is 17 years old. Judge John Lyke Jr., who oversaw the bail hearing for Empire actor Jussie Smollett earlier in the week, set the $1 million bail, or $250,000 for each of the four women involved in the charges against Kelly. The singer needs to put up $100,000 to bond out prior to his trial. R....
R. Kelly Arrested in Chicago
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R. Kelly Arrested in Chicago

R. Kelly has been arrested on criminal sexual abuse charges, after the popular singer surrendered to police in Chicago. He turned himself in after being charged with sexual abuse of 4 girls, at least 3 of whom were minors.: Crepeau posted a video of Kelly surrendering to police earlier this evening, accompanied by his lawyer Steven Greenberg. Prosecutors in Chicago yesterday hit R. Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse Friday morning, and 9 of the 10 counts involve alleged victims ranging in age from 13 to 16 years old. There are 4 alleged victims in total, and one of them is the subject of 4 different counts. According to the criminal complaint, the allegations include oral and vaginal sex with a girl between the ages of 13 ...
Akwa Ibom Govt Accuses FG of Witch-hunt
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Akwa Ibom Govt Accuses FG of Witch-hunt

                                                            Emmanuel Udom The Akwa Ibom State Government has alleged that the federal government through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is planning to indict the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, and some officers of the state in criminality over a purported withdrawal of N1.7 billion from the state coffers. The state government in a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Udoh, argued that the alleged indictment of the officials by the EFCC is a “baseless and malicious allegation, tainted with political undertone to malign the integrity of the current Government of Akwa Ibom State. Udoh explained that the indictment “is another face saving attempt by the EFCC to justify the several illegalit...
Alleged $3m Bribe: Femi Otedola Appears In Court, Insists Senator Farouk Lawan Demanded Money
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Alleged $3m Bribe: Femi Otedola Appears In Court, Insists Senator Farouk Lawan Demanded Money

On Wednesday, founder of Zenon Oil, Femi Otedola appeared before an Abuja High Court to testify in the trial of a former member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Lawan for alleged fraud.   Otedola who is a prosecution witness in the trial was allegedly pressured by Lawan to part with a three-million-dollar bribe while Lawan was chairing a subcommittee investigating a multi-billion-dollar fraud associated with government fuel subsidy during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.   Otedola entered the witness box after he was introduced by the prosecution counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo after which a video where Lawan was seen receiving $500 000 from the Zenon oil boss, was played. According to Otedola, the accused had indicted his company in the al...
Tekashi69 Arrested, May Get Life In Prison Over Armed Robbery Charges
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Tekashi69 Arrested, May Get Life In Prison Over Armed Robbery Charges

Federal authorities have arrested rapper Tekashi69 on racketeering charges, which may see the 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, get life in prison sentence. The arrests appear to be connected to a shooting at a party last month on the Upper East Side Among those arrested are the victim, Faheem “Crippy” Walter, who was shot during the fight, and Tekashi69’s recently-fired former manager, 36-year-old Kifano “Shotti” Jordan. Jensel “Ish” Butler was also arrested. They are all charged with racketeering and firearms possession. 6ix9ine was detained without bail until a Tuesday bail hearing. Judge Henry Pitman cited the discovery of evidence from a gunpoint robbery and an automatic pistol found in his home as reason to deny bail. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mic...