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Charged With HRA Check Fraud Bakayoko Hires Private Counsel As Dukuray Goes CJA

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 14 –  Two defendants charged with stealing NYC Human Resources Administration checks were presented late on November 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York's Magistrate Court. They were named in the same case, but there were differences.

    Abrahim Dukuray needed an interpreter; his Criminal Justice Act lawyer told Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker that he has no passport to surrender.

   Aboubakar Bakayoko retained his own lawyer, one on the CJA panel, with his own money. He was given four fewer days than Dukuray to find the two financial responsible people to sign the $40,000 bond he was released on.

     As the two men joined their families and friends sitting on opposite sides of the Mag court gallery, another Assistant US Attorney went forward with warrants for Judge Parker to sign. Here's what their office says of this case:   

"Since in or about 2015, more than 4,000 HRA rent supplement checks worth more than $2.7 million were fraudulently deposited into more than 50 bank accounts.  CONDE, DUKURAY, KEITA, TOURE, and BAKAYOKO were part of a scheme to open these accounts using fictitious identities, obtain HRA supplement checks that could not reach their destination, deposit the checks into bank accounts, and then quickly withdraw cash."  But their presentment was not quick.  US v. Conde, et al., 19-cr-808 (Caproni / Parker).


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