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Habeeb Audu Spoofed Bank Customer Accounts in NC Now Asks To Change Lawyers No Bail

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 23 – Habeeb Audu is charged with bank fraud, including spoofing customers' phone numbers in order to steal their money. The targets included, among others, a North Carolina-based healthcare company.  

 On September 21, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Katherine Polk Failla held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

Judge Failla told Audu's lawyer Patrick Brackley that he'd had other cases in the District and didn't need to hear certain things again. The next conference was set for December 23 and time excluded until then.

On December 23, the plot thickened. Audu was asking to drop Brackley. It emerged that he'd thought he would be released on bail and hasn't been.

Brackley, who diplomatically called his relationship with Audu "spirited," said he would welcome Audu speaking with another lawyer, a Mr. Diaz. Audu initially said he didn't want that, either, he would find his own lawyer. After some conferring, he will talk with Diaz. The government is opposing bail.

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


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