A federal magistrate court in New York has denied bail application of Abidemi Rufai, an aide to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.
Rufai who was arraigned on Wednesday before Magistrate Ramon Reyes, is enmeshed in a $350,000 COVID-19 unemployment fraud in the United States.
Michael Barrows of Garden City, New York, who is Abidemi Rafiu’s lawyer said that the suspect’s brother, Alaba Rafiu, who is listed in court records told the court Wednesday morning that he could not afford the $300,000 surety bond for his bail, so the Magistrate ruled that Rafiu should remain detention.
Barrows told The Seattle Times that he would be “seeking alternative surety” and re-apply for Rafiu’s bail.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle, said this about the ruling: “We’re pleased that the defendant is being detained and will be transported to the Western District of Washington for future court proceedings,”
Rafiu is said to have bypassed security systems at the Employment Security Department using a simple feature of Google’s free Gmail service.
Abidemi Rafui has denied involvement in the transactions that he was arrested for.