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Queen City Men Sentenced For Counterfeit Check Scam

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March 5, 2012

CONCORD, N.H. – Dorbor Nyonee, a/k/a “D-Dog” and “Check Guy,” and Abubakah Chiko Kromah were sentenced in U.S. District Court for federal crimes arising from their respective roles in a counterfeit check scam.  Nyonee, 23, was sentenced to thirty-seven months in federal prison and Kromah, 28, to twenty months in federal prison based upon their earlier guilty pleas to conspiracy and bank fraud,  announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.

          Kromah and Nyonee acknowledged that they and others engaged in a scheme to manufacture and cash counterfeit checks purportedly drawn against the bank accounts of local businesses, local organizations and state government agencies. They gave the check cashers counterfeit checks, drove them to different banks, and instructed them to cash the counterfeit checks.

         Kromah, Nyonee and their associates recruited others, including many drug-addicted women, to cash the counterfeit checks at branches of banks in and around Manchester.   The recruited check cashers received a portion of the funds obtained through their check cashing activity.  More than one hundred counterfeit checks attributable to Kromah, Nyonee or their associates were negotiated from mid-October 2010 to February 17, 2011.  The total loss attributable to counterfeit checks confirmed as successfully passed is approximately $120,000.00.

         This prosecution arose from an investigation undertaken jointly by the Manchester Police Department, the Manchester office of the U.S. Secret Service, and several police departments in the Manchester area.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Morse.

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