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US Marshals Took Month To Fly Wire Fraudster Raji From Miami To SDNY Via Oklahoma

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 5 – Mustapha Raji was indicted for wire fraud in December 2019 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The indictment stated that Raji "received, and aided and abetted the receipt of, approximately $1.7 million in proceeds of a fraud scheme via a wire transfer from a bank in New York to a bank accounts in Florida controlled by a co-conspirator."  

Raji was arrested on December 20 in Miami. But it took 35 days from his to arrive in New York.    

On January 22, Assistant US Attorney Dina McLeod wrote to assigned Judge Jesse M. Furman asking that time be excluded under the Speedy Trial Act. Judge Furman in a January 23 Order On Letter Motion that is not in PACER requested an explanation for the delay in transporting Raji to the SDNY.  

 On January 27 AUSA McLeod replied that back on January 7, the US Marshals Service entered a removal request into the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System, JPATS.   

She wrote, "In order to be cost effective, the USMS routes inmates through central hubs, rather than flying each inmate from his or her original location to his or her destination. JPATS indicated that the first flight available to the defendant from Miami to Oklahoma City (one of the USMS hubs) was on January 22, 2020. JPATS also indicated that the next flight available to the defendant from Oklahoma City to the SDNY was scheduled for February 4, 2020. According to the USMS, this route was chosen because it was the most direct route between the defendant's starting location and the SDNY."  

Inner City Press was present in the SDNY Magistrates Court when Mustapha Raji was finally presented before SDNY Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn on February 5, @SDNYLIVE tweet here. He was detained on consent, set to finally appear before Judge Furman on February 7. The case is US v. Raji, 19-cr-870 (Furman / Netburn). 


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