Silver Spring Man Pleads Guilty in Scheme to Cash Stolen Checks

May 1, 2009

Greenbelt, Maryland - Amadu Jalloh (a/k/a Osman Jalloh, a/k/a John Gbasay, a/k/a Jermaine Perry, a/k/a Kamara Mohammed), age 28, of Silver Spring, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme to cash the Treasury and personal checks stolen from the mail, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to the plea agreement, from June 2005 through November 2006, Jalloh obtained numerous United States Treasury checks and personal checks stolen from the mail. Jalloh used the names and other identifying information of the payees to impersonate them at bank branches in Maryland to open fraudulent accounts in order to cash their checks. In total, Jalloh opened approximately six fraudulent accounts to negotiate the checks, which had a total value of $295,453.66, and involved at least 22 victims from the Maryland and New Jersey areas.

Jalloh faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for bank fraud, and a mandatory sentence of two years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence, for aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for July 20, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. Jalloh remains detained on unrelated state charges.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Department of the Treasury Inspector General and the U.S. Secret Service for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Stacy Dawson Belf, who is prosecuting the case.


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