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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Philadelphia Man Charged With Bank Fraud

An Indictment[1] was returned today charging Ansu Sanoe, 26, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with 2 counts of bank fraud, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.


The Indictment alleges that Sanoe and his co-schemers posed as other people using false identification documents, opened up false business bank accounts at TD Bank and Citizens Bank, made deposits of counterfeit checks into those bank accounts, wired funds between the accounts, and withdrew the funds before the banks realized that the checks were fraudulent.


Sanoe faces a maximum sentence of 60 years’ incarceration, a five-year period of supervised release, a fine of $2,000,000, and restitution of at least $125,000.


The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael S. Lowe.



[1] An Indictment or Information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty

Updated January 12, 2017