Greenbelt, Maryland – Abdel Ndiaye, a/okay/a “Pac,” age 32, of Boyds, Maryland, pleaded responsible to the federal fees of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identification theft, in reference to a scheme by which Ndiaye and his co-conspirators opened bank card accounts at quite a few retail and telecommunications shops in an effort to get hold of cash and property. The responsible plea was entered on April 7, 2021.
The responsible plea was introduced by Appearing United States Lawyer for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Particular Agent in Cost Matthew S. Miller of america Secret Service – Washington Subject Workplace; Postal Inspector in Cost Peter R. Rendina of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Washington Division; and Chief Marcus Jones of the Montgomery County Police Division.
In keeping with his responsible plea, from October 2015 to April 2018, Ndiaye conspired with Jonathan Henry, Dominique Davis, and others to acquire actual people’ personally figuring out info (PII), with out the victims’ data or permission. Ndiaye not solely knew that the non-public info belonged to actual individuals, however he additionally used a minor’s identification to lease his Maryland residence.
As detailed within the plea settlement, Ndiaye then offered the victims’ PII to different conspirators and Ndiaye and different conspirators used the stolen PII to create fraudulent driver’s licenses. As a part of the conspiracy, co-conspirators used the victims’ private info and fraudulent driver’s licenses to use for fast credit score at varied retailors and telecommunications shops within the names of the victims to buy merchandise and electronics. To evade detection by legislation enforcement, co-conspirators traveled to shops situated in several states together with Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
On April 19, 2018, legislation enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Ndiaye’s Maryland residence. Officers situated a 75’’ Samsung tv and Bose Soundtouch 300 soundbar. On March 7, 2019, Ndiaye used the identical minor’s figuring out info to open credit score accounts and bought the soundbar and tv for $3,750. Regulation enforcement additionally recovered the PII of roughly 659 victims situated inside a folder in Ndiaye’s bed room dresser drawer, a complete of $17,231 in money which have been proceeds or derived from proceeds of the scheme. Additionally discovered within the residence have been shredded driver’s licenses, a shredding machine, and clean card inventory used to create fraudulent identification playing cards and bank cards, in addition to a bank card encoder which Ndiaye used to create fraudulent bank cards. Officers situated 10 telecommunication statements with the identical account quantity however distinction buyer names and addresses.
Officers additionally recovered a number of objects Ndiaye had thrown out of the residence window previous to legislation enforcement’s entry together with Ndiaye’s laptop computer, driver’s license holograms from 9 totally different states, in addition to 14 fraudulent Maryland driver’s licenses.
In the course of the investigation, legislation enforcement chosen 145 potential victims out of the entire 659 sufferer PII recovered from Ndiaye’s residence and despatched the sufferer info to the cardboard issuers and telecommunications shops. From three bank card issuers or telecommunications shops, Ndiaye and his co-conspirators opened over 60 fraudulent accounts and brought about a lack of over $142,000 to the three retail establishments.
Ndiaye admitted that he and his co-conspirators used the stolen private info of at the least 62 victims to open fraudulent accounts, inflicting a complete loss to the cardboard issuers and telecommunication shops at the least $150,597.06. As a part of his plea settlement, Ndiaye has agreed to the entry of a restitution order for the total quantity of the victims’ losses.Ndiaye faces a most sentence of 20 years in jail for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and a compulsory minimal sentence of two years in jail, consecutive to every other sentence imposed, for aggravated identification theft. U.S. District Decide Paul W. Grimm has not but scheduled Ndiaye’s sentencing date.
Jonathan Henry, age 29, of Bethesda, Maryland, and Dominique Davis, age 30, of Germantown, Maryland, beforehand pleaded responsible to their roles within the scheme and have been sentenced to 41 months and 30 months in federal jail, respectively.
Appearing United States Lawyer Jonathan F. Lenzner counseled america Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Montgomery County Police Division for his or her work within the investigation. Mr. Lenzner thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelly O. Hayes and Dana J. Brusca, who’re prosecuting the case.
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