19 Feb Read the timelines of Farouk Appiedu fraud case in the United States
19 Feb 2021
By Staff reporter
Investigative authorities in the United States released a statement yesterday to confirm the arrest of 6 Ghanaians suspected to be involved in cyber fraud .
The identities of the suspects were given as follows: Farouk Appiedu, Fred Asante, Celvin Freeman, Lord Anning, Sadick Edusei Kissi, and Faisal Ali.
The authorities further singled out Farouk Appiedu as using some of the proceeds from the fraudulent activities to purchase luxurious vehicles which they are looking to cease and seeking to forfeit
Timelines of Arrest of Farouk Appiedu and court proceedings
# Date Description
1001/19/2021 ORDER TO CONTINUE IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE as to Farouk Appiedu.
Time excluded from 1/19/21 until 2/18/21. (Signed by Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron on 1/19/21) [***Affirmation by AUSA Sagar Ravi requesting a 30-day continuance until February 18, 2021 is attached.]
10/18/2020Arrest of Farouk Appiedu. (Text entry; no document attached.)
912/21/2020 ORDER TO CONTINUE IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE as to Farouk Appiedu re: 8 Order to Continue – Interest of Justice. Time excluded from 12/21/20 until 1/19/21. Follows oral order of 12/21/20. SagarK. Ravi Affirmation attached. (Signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara C. Moses on 12/21/20)
ORDER TO CONTINUE IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE as to Farouk Appiedu. Time excluded from 11/18/2020 until 12/18/2020. (Signed by Magistrate Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox on 11/19/2020) [***Affirmation by AUSA Sagar Ravi requesting a 30-day continuance until December 18, 2020 is attached.]
711/16/2020NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE: Jeffrey Benson Einhorn appearing for Farouk Appiedu. Appearance Type: Retained.
610/22/2020CONSENT LETTER MOTION addressed to Magistrate Judge James L. Cott from AUSA Sagar K. Ravi dated October 22, 2020 re: Motion to Enter Proposed Bail Package. Document filed by USA as to Farouk Appiedu.
510/22/2020ORDER as to Farouk Appiedu.[See this Order]. The Court has reviewed the parties’ proposed bail package, and, while it still has some concerns in light of the other information proffered by the Government, will accept it and make it an order of the Court, with one modification, as noted below. It does so in large part because, according to the Pretrial Services report, Appiedu has no criminal record.
The conditions will be as follows: A $500,000 personal recognizance bond co-signed by four financially responsible persons; Home incarceration with electronic monitoring, with the defendant only able to leave his residence upon the approval of Pretrial Services and only for legal visits, court appearances, or medical appointments; Pretrial Services’ supervision as directed; Surrender of any passports and make no new applications;
Travel restricted to the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; Refrain from any employment activities alleged to be connected with the current charges; No possession of the personal identification of other individuals; Defendant not to open any new lines of credit, bank accounts, etc. without approval of Pretrial Services; and No contact with victims, witnesses, or co-conspirators connected with the current charges. All of these conditions must be met prior to release.
The modification the Court made was to impose home incarceration rather than home detention. Home incarceration is the most restrictive component of the home confinement program. It requires 24-hour-a-day restriction to residence except for medical necessities and court appearances or other activities specifically approved by the Court.
Home detention, on the other hand, requires a defendant to remain at home at all times except for pre-approved and scheduled absences for employment, education, religious activities, treatment, attorney visits, court appearances, court-ordered obligations, or other activities as approved by the assigned pretrial services officer. The parties may have intended to agree on home incarceration, but the letter submitted to the Court characterized the condition, inaccurately, as home detention.
In light of the bail package, defense counsel has indicated his consent to waive the preliminary hearing date until the 30th day, which is November 18, 2020. This Order and the conditions set forth herein supersede the earlier disposition sheet reflecting the denial of bail conditions.
Finally, the Government is directed to file its letter of October 20, 2020 (which was previously emailed to the Court but not docketed) and make it part of the record of the case. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Magistrate Judge James L. Cott on 10/22/2020)
410/19/2020Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge James L. Cott: Initial Appearance as to Farouk Appiedu held on 10/19/2020., Deft Appears with CJA Attorney Patrick Joyce and AUSA Sagar Ravi for the government. Detention; See Transcript; The Government Met Its Burden of Establishing by a Preponderance of the Evidence that Mr. Appiedu is a Flight Risk for the Reasons Set on the Record Including; Mr. Appiedu Booked a One-Way Flight to Ghana, with Five Suitcases;
The Flight Was Purchased Hours Before Departure with Someone Else’s Frequent Flyer Points; Mr. Appiedu Has Apparently Significant Business and Family Ties in Ghana; Mr. Appiedu Has an Incentive to Flee Because of the Years of Incarceration He Faces If Convicted; The Government Proffered That There Are Text Messages on Mr. Apppiedu’s Phone That He Needed to Leave the Country and Would Not Be Coming Back. (Preliminary Hearing 11/4/2020
Attorney update in case as to Farouk Appiedu. Attorney Patrick James Joyce for Farouk Appiedu added. (Text entry; no document attached.)
310/19/2020CJA 23 Financial Affidavit by Farouk Appiedu. (Signed by Magistrate Judge James L. Cott) (CJA Attorney Patrick Joyce Appointed)
210/19/2020CONSENT TO PROCEED BY VIDEO OR TELE CONFERENCE as to Farouk Appiedu. (Signed by Magistrate Judge James L. Cott on 10/19/2020)
110/19/2020COMPLAINT as to Farouk Appiedu. In Violation of 18 U.S.C. 371,1349, and 1956 (Signed by Magistrate Judge James L. Cott)