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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Federal Jury Convicts Maryland Man in Stolen Car Ring

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Maryland man was convicted today by a federal jury on charges of conspiracy to receive, transport and sell stolen luxury vehicles, and to commit wire fraud.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Lamine Camara, 32, of Laurel, Maryland, conspired with Ray Ekobena, who is currently serving time in federal prison for related offenses, to purchase a 2012 Audi A7 and a 2007 Bentley Convertible GTC using the stolen identities of doctors in the area. Camara also assisted Ekobena with the sale of a stolen 2011 BMW 750LI and a Mercedes Benz S550. In order to accomplish the scheme, Camara submitted fraudulent documents to the Maryland Vehicle Authority and acquired fraudulent titles and fraudulent North Carolina temporary vehicle tags.

Camara faces a maximum of five years in prison when sentenced on August 11. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; Robert B. Wemyss, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton accepted the verdict. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kellen S. Dwyer and Nathaniel Smith III are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:17-cr-1.

Topic: 
Financial Fraud
Updated April 20, 2017