Prosecutors have dropped federal charges against a New Jersey flight attendant accused of bilking an elderly Midland woman out of more than $55,000 has been dismissed.
United States District Court Magistrate Charles E. Binder signed an order to dismiss the charges against Elan Saraf without prejudice, meaning U.S. attorneys can re-open the file.
The dismissal order said the government needs more time to gather evidence and decide whether prosecution is in the public’s best interest.
“The government’s ability to prosecute this case properly would be substantially impaired were it required to proceed to indictment or information within the 30-day period prescribed by the Speedy Trial Act,” said U.S. Attorney Terrence G. Berg.
Saraf, of Newark, was charged with one count of mail fraud.
U.S. Postal Service inspectors alleged the woman was tricked into believing she won a $1 million sweepstakes.
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