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United States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
Press Release

April 18, 2011

Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force:
NIGERIAN CITIZEN SENTENCED TO 27 MONTHS
IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR CREDIT CARD FRAUD

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PATRICK ONOGWU, also known as “Sonny Ongowu,” 46, a citizen of Nigeria illegally residing in the United States, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 27 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for credit card fraud.  ONOGWU also was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine.  On October 15, 2011, a federal jury found ONOGWU guilty of one count of access device fraud.

According to the evidence presented during the trial, in September 2008, ONOGWU caused Discover Card to send him a replacement credit card in the name of a woman in South Carolina to an address in Bridgeport where ONOGWU collected mail.  ONOGWU then activated the card and, over the course of two months, used it to receive cash advances and to purchase items such as gift cards, gas, and groceries in the total amount of $11,912.50.

The evidence at trial further revealed that ONOGWU possessed three Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles identification cards.  The identification cards contained his photo, but were in the names of other individuals.

ONOGWU has been ordered to pay full restitution to Discover Card.

ONOGWU has been detained since his arrest on March 6, 2009.

This investigation was conducted by the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, notably the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General.  The Task Force includes members of the United States Secret Service; the United States Postal Inspection Service; the United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security; the Connecticut State Police; and the Glastonbury, Greenwich, Hartford, New Haven and Shelton Police Departments.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Douglas P. Morabito and Peter S. Jongbloed.

 

CONTACT:

 

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

 

 

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