The U. S. Government dismissed an immigration fraud indictment against the alleged accomplice of disgraced former Rep. Nathan Cooper, R-Cape Girardeau, today.
According to a one-page document filed in U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Omega "Meg" Paulite, the woman who was described just two months ago as "a serious risk to threaten or injure a prospective witness," and "a serious risk to obstruct justice," faces no charges.
The only words in the document were:
"Pursuant to Rule 48A of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and by leave of court endorsed hereon, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri hereby dismisses the indictment filed Aug. 9, 2007, against the defendant."
Ms. Paulite was charged with selling Cooper more than 100 visa approvals designated for the hospitality and temporary service industries, allowing workers to come to the U. S. illegally. Cooper gave the visas to trucking companies.
Cooper is scheduled to plead guilty Nov. 21. In a document filed today, his attorney accepted Cooper's pre-sentence investigation report.