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August 28, 2009


(HOUSTON) - Mohammad Ghafrullah Choudhry, aka Muhammad Ullah, a Pakistani national and resident of Bryan, Texas, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for bank fraud, United States Attorney Tim Johnson and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard C. Powers announced today.

Convicted in June 2009 after pleading guilty to bank fraud, Choudhry, 46, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon. 

In June, Choudhry admitted to using the name Muhammad Ullah and a fraudulently acquired Social Security number to  open credit card accounts with five banks - JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Capital One, Wells Fargo and US Bancorp - and charged on the five cards up to the available limit of $58,065.62. Choudhry failed to pay the charges causing loss to the banks. In addition to the prison term, the court has ordered Choudhry pay the full amount of the losses in full.

Choudhry has been in custody since his February 2009 arrest and will remain in custody to serve his sentence. He is subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence.

The investigation leading to the charges against Choudhry was conducted by agents of the Bryan and Houston field offices of the FBI and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Vaden.



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