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Bashiru Ganiyu Detained in Romance Scam Has April 2024 Trial Co-D Bissah Asks 18 Months

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 30 – Bashiru Ganiyu was indicted on charges ranging from wire fraud and mail fraud to money laundering, as part of a romance scam conspiracy. 

 On July 6, 2023 Ganiyu was arraigned before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Jennifer E. Willis. Inner City Press was there.

  The indictment puts the value of the scheme at $5.2 million. The earlier complaint describes lonely victims targeted over dating apps. Ganiyu pled not guilty and was detained on consent. 

On July 26, Bashiru Ganiyu was back before Magistrate Judge Valerie Figueredo, seeking release on bond. Inner City Press was there - it was right before the US Attorney's Office agreed to bail for UK billionaire Joe Lewis. But they opposed release of Ganiyu, citing his ties to Ghana. And he was ordered to remain detained.

  The trial, if it happens, has been set for April 16, 2024.

On August 24-25, Ganiyu's lawyer asked Judge Kaplan to schedule a bail hearing, citing possible co-signers employed by Towne Nursing LLC, Pulse 4 Pulse, Onsight Diagnostic Testing, the NYC Board of Education and Dnata Airport Services at Building 66, JFK Airport.

On August 28 Judge Kaplan denied the application, noting that "of the six individuals purportedly willing to sign a bond, only two have family relationships with Mr. Ganiyu.... These individuals are unlikely to possess moral suasion" and that he could flee to Ghana.

On November 15, Judge Kaplan set Ganiyu's trial for April 16, 2024 and said if there is any change of plea, it is to be taken to the Magistrates Court.

On November 30 co-defendant Bissah, for his sentencing on December 14, asked for 18 months.

The case is US v. Ganiyu, 23-cr-331 (Kaplan / Figueredo)  


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