Bowie Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Fraud Scheme to Obtain Merchandise Worth Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars
Ordered to Pay $655,411.82 in Restitution
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson sentenced Atum Mambe, age 27, of Bowie, Maryland, today to four years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for mail fraud in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain merchandise, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Nickerson also ordered that Mambe pay $655,411.82 in restitution.
According to his 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 a total of 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.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for its investigative work and commended Assistant United States Attorney Kwame J. Manley, who prosecuted the case.