Prepaid debit card scheme leads to 51 months in Federal Prison
POSTED: Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 3:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — A Georgia man was sentenced to 51 months in jail and was ordered to pay restitution for access device fraud related to prepaid debit cards that were loaded with fraudulently claimed tax refunds.
Ndem Oduu, 38, of Doraville, GA has been ordered to pay a $3,500 fine and $18,314.44 in restitution. The United States also seized over $27,000.
On September 18, 2010, Denham Springs Police Officers stopped a vehicle being driven by Oduu for a traffic violation. Officers found counterfeit drivers licenses and numerous prepaid debit cards. Oduu obtained the prepaid debit cards using stolen identifications. The funds on the debit cards were tax refunds paid by the United States Treasury.
“The Court sent a clear message that those who commit this type of crime will receive substantial sentences,” stated U. S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr. “This type of fraud costs the taxpayer and causes enormous inconvenience for the identity theft victims.”
“This case represents how an individual utilizes several fraudulent schemes such as identity theft, filing false tax returns and utilizing false identifications to cause financial harm on his victims,” stated Luis Velez, Secret Service Resident Agent-in-Charge. “Together with state and local law enforcement, we will continue to protect the public from criminals engaged in financial crimes.”
Along with the Denham Springs Police Department, this case was investigated by Special Agent Jacquelyn Norris, United States Secret Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney J. Lane Ewing, Jr.