The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Tacoma, on Tuesday, 25th of May, 2021 gave an order that Abidemi Rufai should remain in detention.
His bail was denied following a move by the government for “a stay of the release order” which was granted by The United States District Judge, Benjamin Settle.
“The release order is stayed, and the defendant shall remain in custody pending this Court’s decision on the government’s motion for review,” read a court document.
The U.S. authorities said the surety provided, a nurse, Nekpen Soyemi, is also a suspected fraudster and should not be allowed to stand as surety for Mr. Rufai.
Earlier, when the suspect first appeared in court on the 19th of May, 2021 he was denied bail because his brother, Alaba Rufai, who is listed in court records, could not post the $300,000 surety bond for his bail.
Mr. Rufai was arrested while trying to get out of the U.S. on the 14th of May, 2021 after allegedly using the identities of more than 100 Washington residents to steal over $350,000 unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) during the COVID-19 pandemic last year.