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Former Tucson Resident Sentenced to Prison for Scheme to Defraud Refugees

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – Nidal Awawdah, aka Kifah Dalia, 34, of Bakersfield, California (and formerly of Tucson), was sentenced last week by United States District Judge Rosemary Márquez to 14 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Awawdah pleaded guilty to one count of Bank Fraud on January 25, 2024.

From approximately December 2016 through August 2017, Awawdah established herself as a trusted resource to several Syrian refugees. Awawdah befriended the refugees, acted as a translator, and assisted them in establishing their new lives in the Tucson community. Awawdah then used her position of trust to defraud the victims. Awawdah gained access to the victims’ personal information and stole their identities. Awawdah opened credit card accounts in the victims’ names and made thousands of dollars in unauthorized purchases using the fraudulently obtained credit cards. Awawdah also used at least one stolen identity to unlawfully obtain student loans.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation in this case. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-22-01033-TUC-RM
RELEASE NUMBER:    2024-077_Awawdah

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Zach J. Stoebe
Telephone: (602) 514-7413

Updated June 20, 2024

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 2024-077_Awawdah