Abidemi Rufai: U.S. government submits 97,000-page fraud evidence against Nigerian politician

The United States government has submitted a 97,000-page against the suspected fraudster, Abidemi Rufai, who is also a suspended aide to Ogun Governor.

Abidemi Rufai_ U.S. government submits 97,000-page fraud evidence against Nigerian politician

Rufai is accused of being involved in $350,000 COVID-19 unemployment fraud in the United States. He is accused of using the identities of more than 100 Washington residents to steal more than $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) during the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

He is said to have bypassed security systems at the Washington ESD using a simple feature of Google’s free Gmail service.

On May 26, 2021, a grand jury approved an indictment charging the defendant who has remained in custody since his arrest with 15 offences.

Now the United States government has submitted a 97,000-page material in court as part of evidence of alleged fraud against him.

The voluminous material was produced at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Tacoma, on July 26, a court filing obtained by PREMIUM TIMES stated.

“Discovery in this case is voluminous and complex,” the prosecution and the defence said in the document they jointly filed to ask for the postponement of the August 31 trial date.

The agreed application filed on August 3, 2021, apparently based its assessment of the complexity of the case on the volume and nature of the evidence filed by the prosecution.

“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.

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