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Man Pled Guilty to Bank Fraud But Withdrew Plea Now Co Defendant Seeks Medical Delay

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 1 – On February 13, 2023 Adedayo John pleaded guilty to bank fraud. But he said, "I didn't know there was consequences to what I was doing because I was instigated by people from back home, from Nigeria."

  On February 22, Adedayo John filed his own motion to withdraw his guilty plea, and to fire his lawyer.

   On March 2, 2023 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Loretta A. Preska held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

 Judge Preska gave John two weeks to retain new counsel; until then, his outgoing counsel will be the point of contact. She said he could represent himself, but the court wouldn't recommend it.

Unlike on most other such requests, there is material in the allocution in which the defendant resisted admitting knowledge.

Jump cut to June 15, 2023 - Judge Preska held a conference with John's new counsel, his former counsel, and the prosecutors. Inner City Press covered it.

 Former counsel will turn in all his messages with John, and those of two colleagues, in a week's time. And the parties will reconvene, in person, on July 17.

On July 6, the US filed a letter stating that the issues are what was discussed on the phone, and John's reason for waiting to February 21, 2023 "in reliance on the mistaken assumption that he had 10 days to determine whether to withdraw the plea."

On July 7, John's new counsel filed its letter, arguing that "the Government moved to accept the plea Friday, February 17. Walker and John communicated certainly within the Sunday-Monday timeframe. Monday the 20th was a federal holiday. Had Walker filed by ECF some type of letter motion alerting the court to the issue, even by Tuesday morning, the Court likely would have held off from accepting the plea when business resumed on the 21st until the matter was resolved."

Before the July 17 evidentiary hearing, the US Attorney's Office sent in a letter saying it would not now oppose the withdrawal of the plea. So the evidentiary hearing was converted to a status conference.

On September 1, counsel for John's co-defendant Peter Olarewaju wrote in seeking a delay in sentencing until January 2024, citing his wife's health and attaching detailed records. Inner City Press will continue to cover the case.

 The case is US v. John, 21-cr-609 (Preska)


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