US Presents 97,000-Page Evidence Against Abidemi Rufai Over False Unemployment Claims
The US has presented 97,000 pages of evidence against a suspended assistant to Ogun Governor Abidemi Rufai.
He was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, and egregious identity theft, as you may recall.
According to The Nation, Rufai was arrested on May 14 at JFK airport in New York for allegedly committing $350,000 in COVID-19 unemployment fraud in the United States.
The prosecutor sent 97,000 pages of documents to the US Department of Justice. On July 26, the Western District of Washington held a hearing in Tacoma.
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Rufai is accused of filing fraudulent claims for pandemic-related unemployment benefits with the Employment Security Department (ESD) using the stolen identities of more than 100 Washington citizens, according to the indictment.
Rufai made bogus unemployment claims in Hawaii, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania, according to Acting US Attorney Tessa M. Gorman, utilizing variants of a single email address to avoid detection by fraud systems.
The agreed application, filed on August 3, 2021, appears to have predicated its evaluation of the case’s complexity on the number and character of the prosecution’s evidence.
On July 26, 2021, the government produced approximately 97,000 pages of material.
“In addition, the government is in the process of executing two additional electronic search warrants.
“The discovery includes electronic documents in a variety of formats,” the document stated in part.
It added much of the material “contains personal identifying information or sensitive financial information.”