A pre-trial hearing for Omega Penalosa Paulite, the woman accused of being involved in an immigration fraud scheme with former Rep. Nathan Cooper, R-Cape Girardeau, has been moved to 9 a.m. Oct. 10. It had originally been scheduled for Oct. 4.
Judge Frederick Buckles ruled Thursday that conditions for Ms. Paulite's release on bond should be modified. She will now be allowed to conduct business with more than one bank account, have fewer travel restrictions, and not be subject to GPS tracking.
Rep. Cooper is scheduled to be sentenced next month after pleading guilty in August. After nailing Cooper dead to rights on the fraud charge, the government appears to have allowed him to run for re-election to his 158th District state representative slot so he could help build a case against Ms. Paulite.