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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 24, 2017

PHILADELPHIA MAN CHARGED WITH BANK FRAUD

An Indictment[1] was unsealed today charging Mohamed Soukouna, 57, of Philadelphia, with two counts of bank fraud, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.

 

The Indictment alleges that Soukouna deposited counterfeit checks into bank accounts at TD Bank and Wells Fargo Bank in the names of other persons, and posed as the account holder of a TD Bank account by using a false passport in order to make cash withdrawals from that account before TD Bank discovered that the checks deposited into the account were fraudulent. The indictment further alleges that Soukouna opened accounts in his own name at TD Bank and Wells Fargo Bank, and used his TD Bank account to receive deposits of counterfeit checks while using his Wells Fargo Bank account to receive deposits of cash as payment for his participation in the schemes to defraud.

 

Soukouna faces a maximum sentence of 60 years’ imprisonment, a five-year period of supervised release, a $2,000,000 fine, and an $200 special assessment and restitution of $52,892.95.

 

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

Topic: 
Financial Fraud
Updated March 24, 2017