Friday, 5 January 2018

Not Again! Five Cameroonians Indicted Over $8.7 Million Wire Fraud And Money Laundering In Maryland


A federal grand jury indicted five Cameroonians on charges of 'conspiracy to commit wire fraud' and 'conspiracy to commit money laundering.' The indictment was returned on October 26, 2017, and unsealed upon the arrest of the defendants. 

The five individuals indicted are:
Aldrin Fon Fomukong, a/k/a “Albanky,” a/k/a “A.L.,” age 24, of Greenbelt, Maryland;
Nnkeng Amin, a/k/a “Rapone,” a/k/a “Arnold,” age 30, of Beltsville, Maryland;
Yanick Eyong age 26, of Bowie, Maryland;
Ishmail Ganda, a/k/a “Banker TD,” age 31, of College Park, Maryland; and
Izou Ere Digifa, a/k/a “Lzuo Digifa,” a/k/a “Mimi VA,” age 22, of Lynchburg, Virginia.
The indictment was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Andrew Watson of Homeland Security Investigations; and Special Agent in Charge Brian Ebert of the United States Secret Service, Washington Field Office.
According to the indictment, between February 2016 and in or about July 2017, the defendants gained access to email accounts associated with the victims and sent false wiring instructions, causing the victims to wire millions of dollars into drop accounts set up by the defendants. 
The defendants then allegedly disbursed the money received from the victims into the drop accounts by, among other transactions, using wires to transfer money to other accounts, by initiating account transfers to other accounts at the same bank, by withdrawing sums of money, by obtaining cashier’s checks, and by writing checks to other individuals or entities.
Over the course of the conspiracy, the defendants stole or attempted to steal over $8.7 million from at least 11 victims.


Fomukong, Amin, Eyong, and Digifa remain detained.  Ganda is released under the supervision of pretrial services.  

Fomukong and Amin face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy to commit wire fraud.  Each of the defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering. 

An indictment is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings. 

Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning praised HSI and Secret Service for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly O’Connell Hayes, who is prosecuting the case.

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