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Nigerian man sentenced in Maryland for stealing checks, credit cards

BALTIMORE — A Nigerian national has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for his part in a mail fraud scheme in which he and another man stole bank checks and credit and debit cards and conducted transactions based on what they stole, a federal prosecutor in Maryland said.

U.S. Attorney for Maryland Erek L. Barron said in a news release on Wednesday that a judge sentenced Samson A. Oguntuyi, 29, of Atlanta to 54 months, followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and mail fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

In his plea agreement, between July 2016 and February 2019, Oguntuyi conspired with others to steal bank checks and credit and debit cards from the mail. The scheme involved opening fake business banking accounts using the names of victimized businesses and the stolen identities of postal customers to negotiate the stolen checks by depositing them into the fraudulent bank accounts.

The men then conducted transactions with stolen payment cards and with money gained from the stolen checks, according to the plea agreement.

According to the plea agreement, at least $565,000 was stolen from two victim businesses and at least eight customers were victims of identity theft.