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Case Number: 2:20-cr-00268-NR
Judge: J. Nicolas Ranjan
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (Allegheny County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with conspiracy, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
According to information presented to the court, Sulemon Arowokoko was part of a conspiracy that involved using stolen identity information to induce financial institutions to issue credit and debit cards on victim customers’ accounts. Over the course of approximately two years, Arowokoko used those fraudulently obtained credit and debit cards to obtain more than $250,000 worth of gift cards, clothes, jewelry, cologne, perfume, furniture, and other items. Some of those items were shipped to Nigeria as part of the conspiracy.
Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey R. Bengel prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
United States Attorney Chung commended the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and United States Postal Inspection Service for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Arowokoko.
18 U.S.C. 1349 CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MAIL AND BANK FRAUD
18 U.S.C. 1029(a)(2), 1029(b)(1), and 1029(c)(1)(A)(i) USING OR TRAFFICKING IN AN UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS DEVICE
18 U.S.C. 1028A(a)(1) AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 44 months in prison. 20 months imprisonment; 5 years supervised release; Count 1 shall run concurrently with Count 2. Mandatory $300 special assessment imposed. Restitution of $116,107.26 imposed. Forfeiture ordered. Fine waived for inability to pay.
24 months imprisonment; Count 6 shall run consecutively to Counts 1 and 2; Mandatory $300 special assessment imposed. Restitution of $116,107.26 imposed. Forfeiture ordered. Fine waived for inability to pay.