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Date: 06-10-2024

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United States of America v. Gabriel Adrien Lobe Diop

Case Number: 2:21-cr-00106

Judge: William B. Shubb

Court: The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office for Sacramento

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French National Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Multimillion-Dollar Fraud Scheme Targeting California State Controller’s Office

Gabriel Adrien Lobe Diop, 35, a French national previously residing in Fremont and Agoura Hills, was charged with fraud.

“It took a remarkable amount of energy for the defendant to steal nearly $2 million from the State Controller’s Office and attempt to steal millions more,” said U.S. Attorney Talbert. “Today’s sentence should make it clear to the defendant and to those who would imitate him that my office and our law enforcement partners will put a similar amount of energy into bringing those who commit serious white-collar crimes to justice.”

San Francisco Division Inspector in Charge Rafael Nunez of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service stated: “Postal Inspectors work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our partners in law enforcement to arrest and prosecute those individuals responsible for fraud schemes committed against the public.”

“The State Controller’s Office has a zero-tolerance policy on any criminal activities related to theft from the Unclaimed Property Division and will not tolerate theft of property we are here to protect,” said State Controller Malia Cohen. “Mr. Diop’s sophisticated fraud scheme was insufficient to bypass detection, and he was ultimately apprehended, tried, and convicted for his criminal activities. I believe Diop’s sentence was appropriate and want to thank law enforcement for working together with various agencies including my office for their good work in bringing him to justice.”

According to court documents, between 2019 and 2021, Diop orchestrated a scheme to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars of Unclaimed Property Division funds from the California State Controller’s Office. Diop did so by assuming the identities of victims for whom the Controller’s Office was holding significant amounts of unclaimed property and then submitting fraudulent applications for that property. Diop concealed his involvement in the fraud using a combination of post office boxes, mail forwarding requests, counterfeit notary stamps, and falsified driver licenses issued by numerous states. Starting in January 2019, Diop attempted to steal at least $9 million from the Unclaimed Property Division, and did in fact fraudulently obtain at least $1.8 million, before law enforcement disrupted his criminal scheme. Diop primarily spent the proceeds of his fraud on luxury goods, property, and consumer electronics.

Law enforcement agents executed search and arrest warrants at Diop’s residence in Agoura Hills in June 2021. Inside his residence, agents seized counterfeit stamps that Diop used to “notarize” his fraudulent applications for unclaimed property, 12 falsified driver licenses, bank cards and check books in his victims’ names.

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with assistance provided by the California State Controller’s Office, the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, and the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sam Stefanki prosecuted the case.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution

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