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ANGELA DODGE

Dec. 6, 2012

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Iranian National Lands in Federal Prison for More Than 20 Years

HOUSTON – Hassan Ali Pejouhesh, 63, of Iran, has been ordered to federal prison following his multiple convictions of bank fraud, possession of stolen mail and aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. A jury convicted Pejouhesh April 11, 2012, after a two-day trial and only 20 minutes of deliberation.

Today, U.S. District Judge David Hittner, who presided over the trial, sentenced Pejouhesh to a total of 247 months in federal prison. He will serve 60 months for possession of stolen mail and 175 months on each count of bank fraud which will be served concurrently. Pejouhesh must also serve a mandatory 24-month term for each of three counts of identity theft which must be served consecutively to the other terms imposed and consecutive to each other for a total sentence of 247 months. Pejouhesh was further ordered to pay $217,665.32 in restitution.

According to court records, Pejouhesh took advantage of our postal system to steal people’s mail, steal people’s identity, commit bank fraud.

During the two-day trial, the United States presented evidence from 12 witnesses establishing that Pejouhesh stole people’s mail, obtained their personal identifying information and opened fraudulent bank and credit accounts in their names. Approximately 500 people were affected by the scheme. Inspectors were able to identify Pejouhesh and subsequently executed a search warrant at his apartment where they recovered $22,000 in cash, stolen mail, credit reports and fraudulent credit cards. Inspectors also recovered approximately $20,000 in gold.

Pejouhesh was convicted on all counts as charged against him – four counts of bank fraud, one count of possession of stolen mail, and three counts of aggravated identity theft.

Pejouhesh has been in federal custody since his arrest on Sept. 24, 2010, where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The investigation was conducted by Inspectors from the U.S. Postal Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Daniel C. Rodriguez and former AUSA F. Andino Reynal.