Baltimore Man Sentenced to over Two Years in Credit Card Scheme

February 18, 2009

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Abu Kondeh, age 24, of Baltimore, to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit access device fraud, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Titus also ordered Kondeh to pay restitution of $582,165.

According to his plea agreement, in July 2006 Kondeh and co-conspirator Rhoan McCalla paid co-conspirator Joy Dean to obtain personal identifying information of patients, including names, social security numbers and dates of birth, from her job as a file clerk at a medical facility. On seven or eight occasions over the next six months, Dean provided Kondeh or Rhoan McCalla with a list that contained identifying information of between 50 and 150 people in exchange for a few hundred dollars each time. Kondeh and Rhoan McCalla then provided the information to co-conspirator Dain McCalla.

In addition, from December 2006 to at least December 2007, Kondeh went to grocery stores throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and purchased gift cards and other items using fraudulently obtained and unauthorized credit cards. At least one of those credit cards sustained a loss of $28,558. Also during this same time period, Kondeh fraudulently used the credit cards to make cash withdrawals of $400 to $500 from ATM machines in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

As a result of Kondeh’s participation in the scheme between 10 and 50 victims lost a total of $582,165.

U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced the leader of the organization, Dain Claude McCalla, age 28, of Mitchellville, Maryland, to 42 months in prison for credit card fraud and ordered him to pay $944,996.50 in restitution, and to forfeit a BMW car, a computer and cell phones. Judge Titus sentenced co-conspirator Troy Duncan, age 28, of Beltsville, Maryland, to four years in prison, for credit card fraud, conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft and ordered Duncan to pay restitution of $393,000, the amount attributable to Duncan for his role in the scheme.

Four other defendants have pleaded guilty to varying roles in the scheme: Dain McCalla’s brother Christopher McCalla, age 24, of Largo, Maryland; their cousin, Rhoan Anthony McCalla, age 25, of Beltsville; Joy Dean, age 23, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland and Storme Jordan, age 30, of Burtonsville, Maryland.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Secret Service, Baltimore County Police Department, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy and his office for their assistance in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Bryan E. Foreman, who is prosecuting the case.



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