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JULY 31, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COUNTERFEITING CONSPIRATOR PLEADS GUILTY
Obtained Over $200,000 By Printing and Cashing Counterfeit Money Orders
Greenbelt, Maryland - Sultan David Rosser-El, age 60, formerly of Temple Hills, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to defraud banks in connection with a scheme to pass counterfeit money orders using false identification documents, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the plea agreement, Rosser-El conspired with co-defendant Edna
Gorham-Bey, age 58, from July 2001 to September 2002 to copy legitimate postal money orders they purchased from U.S. post offices by scanning them into a computer, altering the face value and printing the forged money orders. Rosser-El negotiated the original, legitimate money orders at a bank or post office, or returned them to the post office for a cash refund. He negotiated the forged, counterfeited and altered postal money orders at banks, post offices and check cashing businesses. To pass off the fraudulent money orders, Rosser-El maintained aliases by using the identities of real and fictitious persons, and created means of identification such as driver’s licenses in the names of aliases. Rosser-El’s participation in the conspiracy caused banks and the U.S. Postal Service losses of more than $200,000.
Rosser-El faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for the conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus scheduled sentencing for October 1, 2007 at 9:00 a.m.
Yesterday, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment against
Gorham-Bey, following her original indictment returned on June 13, 2006, re-alleging the conspiracy scheme.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the investigative work performed by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stuart A. Berman and James A. Crowell IV, who are prosecuting the case.