Montgomery County Man Pleads Responsible to Scheme to Open Credit score Card Accounts at Retail and Telecommunications Shops Utilizing the Stolen Private Info of A whole lot of Victims | USAO-MD

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Greenbelt, Maryland – Abdel Ndiaye, a/ok/a “Pac,” age 32, of Boyds, Maryland, pleaded responsible to the federal fees of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated id theft, in reference to a scheme through which Ndiaye and his co-conspirators opened bank card accounts at quite a few retail and telecommunications shops so as to receive cash and property.  The responsible plea was entered on April 7, 2021. 

The responsible plea was introduced by Performing United States Legal professional for the District of Maryland Jonathan F. Lenzner; Particular Agent in Cost Matthew S. Miller of america Secret Service – Washington Discipline 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 response to 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 data (PII), with out the victims’ information or permission.  Ndiaye not solely knew that the private data belonged to actual individuals, however he additionally used a minor’s id to lease his Maryland condominium. 

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 data and fraudulent driver’s licenses to use for fast credit score at numerous 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 positioned 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 condominium.  Officers positioned a 75’’ Samsung tv and Bose Soundtouch 300 soundbar.  On March 7, 2019, Ndiaye used the identical minor’s figuring out data to open credit score accounts and bought the soundbar and tv for $3,750.  Regulation enforcement additionally recovered the PII of roughly 659 victims positioned inside a folder in Ndiaye’s bed room dresser drawer, a complete of $17,231 in money which had been proceeds or derived from proceeds of the scheme.  Additionally discovered within the condominium had 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 positioned 10 telecommunication statements with the identical account quantity however distinction buyer names and addresses.        

Officers additionally recovered a number of gadgets Ndiaye had thrown out of the condominium 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.

Throughout the investigation, legislation enforcement chosen 145 potential victims out of the full 659 sufferer PII recovered from Ndiaye’s condominium and despatched the sufferer data 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 prompted a lack of over $142,000 to the three retail establishments. 

Ndiaye admitted that he and his co-conspirators used the stolen private data of no less than 62 victims to open fraudulent accounts, inflicting a complete loss to the cardboard issuers and telecommunication shops no less than $150,597.06.  As a part of his plea settlement, Ndiaye has agreed to the entry of a restitution order for the complete 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 id theft.  U.S. District Choose 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 had been sentenced to 41 months and 30 months in federal jail, respectively.

Performing United States Legal professional 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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