Abidemi Rufai denies involvement in unemployment fraud
The lawyer to the suspended aide of Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state, Abidemi Rufai has spoken on the alleged involvement of his client in the $350,000 COVID-19 unemployment fraud.
The attorney, Michael Barrows of Garden City, New York, on Tuesday, said Mr. Rufai denied “involvement in these transactions.”
Mr. Barrows also said if granted bail, he (Rufai) “doesn’t represent a flight risk, in part because he has given up his passport.”
The lawyer argued that his client could be “prevented from fleeing through less restrictive means than having him remain in jail, including travel restrictions and electronic surveillance.”
Mr Barrows said those with more grievous allegations are released on self-recognisance.
“You have white-collar criminals [such as] insider traders who steal millions of dollars who are released on their own recognizance,” Mr Rufai’s lawyer was quoted as saying.