Bowie Man Pleads Guilty in Fraud Scheme to Obtain Merchandise Worth Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars
Baltimore, Maryland - Atum Mambe, age 27, of Bowie, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to mail fraud in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain merchandise, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the plea agreement, from July to December 2006 Mambe ordered large numbers of cellular phones, televisions, laptop computers and other technology products from companies, claiming to be the owner of businesses such as M&A Associates, DSOL Consulting and/or Dollar Services, Inc. Mambe also claimed at times to order products on behalf of the University of Maryland. When ordering products, Mambe provided the sales people with closed credit card account numbers and improper bank authorization numbers. Several companies mailed approximately $655,411 in merchandise to Mambe, who never paid the companies. After receiving the merchandise, Mambe would sometimes call the companies and falsely state that he did not receive the merchandise.
On December 21, 2006, U.S. Postal Inspectors searched Mambe’s home and recovered some of the fraudulently ordered merchandise, including computers, cell phones, and five plasma televisions. Mambe admitted that what he “did was wrong, but the lifestyle was very lucrative and it was hard to walk away from.” Based on his participation in the fraud scheme, Mambe supported two residences. He sold some of the merchandise for $350,000 to $400,000, and sold a portion of the merchandise overseas. He also bought dump trucks in England and shipped the trucks from England to Cameroon, West Africa.
Mambe faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson has scheduled sentencing for March 26, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Kwame J. Manley, who is prosecuting the case.