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Man Charged With Wire Fraud Who Got Job At Big Apple Circus Apologizes for Georgia Haircut

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 11 – A man charged with bank fraud but out on bail and with a job at the Big Apple Circus faced remand to prison on January 13 for not returning when he was supposed to to his mother's house.

Kizzito Chukwujekwu used the name Jerry Martins to own bank accounts to which companies were fraudulently induced to send funds, according to the initially seal complaint from September 2019.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Katherine H. Parker told Chukwujekwu that it was good he'd found the job in the circus that when he was locked out of his mother's home, to which it he is supposed to return each night, he should contact Pre Trial Services.

    Speaking for himself, Chukwujekwu replied that his Pre Trial Services officer has been away on holiday and he had not wanted to e-mail the general Pre Trial Services e-mail box. You have to communicate better, Judge Parker said, adding that it would help with his sentencing if he is, in fact, found guilty.

     At the bond hearing Chukwujekwu was linked to e-mail financial scams from Nigeria; the Bank of Ghana was cited as an example.

  On March 6, Inner City Press alone in the SDNY Magistrates Court witnessed Chukwujekwu pleading guilty to a single count, wire fraund and not conspiracy. The case has now been assigned to District Judge Alison Nathan, for sentencing.

  Now on May 11, Chukwujekwu's lawyer John M. Burke has written to Judge Nathan to apologize for his client's two violations in Georgia (where he went after his mother was evicted) - 30 minutes late after laundering his clothes, and after permission to go to a barber ( in Georgia), not having money and so going "to a friend's house to get a haircut and shave."

The case was US v. Chukwujekwu, 19-mj-8273 (Parker); it is now US v. Chukwujekwu, 20-cr-189 (Nathan).


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