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On Eve of Wire Fraud Trial Raji Misses SDNY Subway Stop Twice, Nixed 51 Month Sentence

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 8 – Mustapha Raji was indicted for wire fraud in December 2019 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The indictment stated that Raji "received, and aided and abetted the receipt of, approximately $1.7 million in proceeds of a fraud scheme via a wire transfer from a bank in New York to a bank accounts in Florida controlled by a co-conspirator." 

 The final pre-trial conference was set for September 7 at 11 am. Inner City Press went to cover it. But Raji was not there, not at 11:10 nor 11:20. Judge Jesse M. Furman asked why; Schneider said Raji had taken the N train but missed the Canal Street station and rode into Brooklyn.

Then he turned around and missed Canal again, riding up to 34th Street. Judge Furman suggested that a taxi or Uber might be better.

When Raji arrived on the 11th floor of 40 Foley Square at 11:45 am, Inner City Press was waiting out by the elevators. Raji, in a pink shirt and glasses, asked, "Where is courtroom 1105?" Inner City Press showed up, and followed him in.

 Judge Furman told him that he was close be being remanded, and that it would happen if he is late during the trial starting Monday. Prior act evidence will be coming in; Raji, it emerged, turned down an offer of a plea to a single conspiracy count with a guideline sentence of 51-63 months. He is rolling the dice. Watch this site.

The case is US v. Raji, 19-cr-870 (Furman). 


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