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In SDNY Arrest of Nigerians For Bank Fraud One Works For NY Health Dept So No GPS

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 13, Exclusive –   Ten arrests for money laundering and bank fraud were announced on October 13 by the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Inner City Press went to the SDNY Magistrates Court to report on the presentments and live tweeted here:

... Magistrates Court at 5:33 pm it's jumping. At least four defense lawyers, cops in windbreakers, US Marshals ready to bring defendants in from holding cell.

This case is a triple. Three defendants, three lawyers (one a white shoe firm money laundering lawyer Inner City Press knows from another case), around tables set up in an L shape.

 All rise!

 This is a multi-state multi-defendant bank fraud and money laundering case, announced today by new US Attorney Damian Williams. Inner City Press is alone in the courtroom gallery. US is agreeing to pre-trial release with GPS (for 2 from Nigeria) 

One defendant works for New York Department of Health, is described as having a student visa. (He's said to be Lateef Galoba, whose co-defendant Samsondeen Goloba has yet to be presented).

Judge Sarah Netburn says no GPS, then. The other also contests GPS, white shoe lawyer says the domestic violence charge is bogus but triggered violations proceeding.

  Lawyer adds that defendant studies physical therapy at Essex College, GPS would set off alarms.

Judge agrees. He will be released tonight.

 Earlier it was said, "Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Patrick J. Freaney, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the United States Secret Service , announced today the unsealing of an Indictment charging 11 defendants with conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft, in connection with their involvement in laundering millions of dollars in proceeds derived from business email compromises and romance fraud schemes.

 Nine defendants were arrested today in the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of New York, and will be presented this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in the Southern District of New York."  

The case is US v. John, et al., 21-cr-609 (Preska / Netburn). 


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