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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

February 6, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two Individuals Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
Arrested

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA - Two individuals named in two separate Indictments returned on January 18, 2012, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Martinsburg have been arrested.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that: ISMAIL S. OMARA a/k/a OMARA S. ISMAIL, age 33, of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, was arrested in New Jersey. OMARA is charged in the Indictment with bank fraud from March 16, 2011, to April 15, 2011, by obtaining $25,152.31 by means of false and fraudulent representations. If convicted, faces a maximum exposure of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000, if convicted.

This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber and was investigated by the United States Secret Service.

GIRARD ELDRIDGE CURRY, age 28, of Coppa, Maryland, was arrested in Baltimore, Maryland. CURRY is named in a six-count Indictment with Derran Hankins, age 29, of Randallstown, Maryland. Count One charges CURRY and Hankins with a conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Count Two charges CURRY and Hankins committed bank fraud by means of obtaining $40,000 by false and fraudulent representations. Count Three charges CURRY and Hankins with identity theft. Count Four charges CURRY and Hankins with aggravated identity theft. Count Five charges CURRY and Hankins with interstate transportation of stolen property from Arlington, Virginia, to Charles Town, West Virginia. Count Six charges CURRY and Hankins with money laundering, with all charges being on August 13, 2011. If convicted, CURRY and Hankins face a maximum exposure of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on Counts One and Two; 15 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count Three; 2 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count Four; 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count Five; and, 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $500,000 on Count Six.

OMARA and CURRYare scheduled to appear before Magistrate Judge Joel for their initial appearances on February 22, 2012, and agents are still looking for Derran Hankins.

This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti and was investigated by the United States Secret Service, the West Virginia State Police and the Arlington, Virginia, Police Department.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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