Popular Jamaican music producer, Andrew Myrie, more popularly known as Anju Blaxxx, has been freed of mail and wire fraud charges in connection with telemarketing fraud in the United States.
The producer, who was held in connection with the alleged scam early last year, was freed on Monday during a hearing at the Federal District Court in Bismarck, North Dakota.
One court representative told a Jamaican media house that Myrie’s case was dismissed with prejudice after he plead guilty to a charge of aiding in the making of a false declaration to Jamaica Customs – a charge stemming from 2013 – at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court on Friday. Myrie was ordered to pay a JA$250,000 following the plea.
However, Myrie’s Jamaican lawyer, K.D. Knight, who represented him in his Kingston hearing, insisted to the Jamaica Star that the dismissal was not based on the plea, but on the grounds that the U.S. Government could not provide sufficient evidence in its case against the producer.
Myrie was represented in the U.S. by American lawyers, Chad McCabe and Nathan P. Diamond at Monday’s hearing.
It was alleged that Myrie was part of a scam that defrauded North Dakota residents of millions after falsely promising lottery winnings in exchange. He was arrested by U.S. law enforcement in February 2015 but was later granted bail and allowed to leave the country.