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Sodiq Spoofed Banks and Ohio Chain & Gets 50 Months Shaky Yoruba Interpretation in SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 7 –  Alade Kazeem Sodiq, with a Yoruba interpreter, pleaded guilty on November 19, 2020 to having "spoofed" banks.

He was able to make banks believe that his phone calls came from the numbers that other customers had on file, then got debit cards. Among the victims was an Ohio restaurant chain, for $2 million.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Katherine Polk Failla held the change of plea proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

 And on April 7 Sodiq showed up to be sentenced, Inner City Press also covered it. There was talk of him being deported after his prison term is over. Judge Failla read out the statement - and was then told that Sodiq hadn't understand it. She asked, How far back do I have to rewind?

And here it was: 50 months in prison, Otisville preferred, and one year of supervised release / deportation. Later the US Attorney's Office put out a press release, the lost-in-translation issue not in it.

The case is US v. Sodiq, 19-cr-462 (Failla)


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