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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 8, 2016

Maryland Man Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Kyle Cary, 25, of Hyattsville, Maryland, was sentenced today to 40 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit bank fraud for his role in a five-year check fraud and identity theft conspiracy.

Cary pleaded guilty on January 8.  As detailed in the below chart, seven co-conspirators were previously sentenced to significant prison terms for their roles in this same conspiracy.   

According to statements of fact filed with the plea agreements, Ray Ekobena and his younger brother, Stefan Ekobena, printed fraudulent checks using victims’ bank account information.  The Ekobenas obtained victims’ bank account information by enlisting bank tellers and other insiders who had access to sensitive personal information through their employment.  The Ekobenas also employed a network of recruiters.  One such recruiter was Cary (aka Hugo Stacks), who would recruit bank account holders to provide him with their debit card, the PIN for the debit card, and other information which Cary would then provide to his co-conspirators via middlemen such as Gani Cole and Rodney Hardy.  Co-conspirators such as Jerome Johnson, Deallto Davis and Alan Lamin also furthered the conspiracy by depositing the fraudulent checks into bank accounts under false names and withdrawing the resulting funds before the banks discovered the fraud.   

In total, the conspiracies victimized over 200 individuals and caused an actual loss amount of $712,231. Victims include well-known small businesses and charities, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Name

Age

Hometown

Sentencing Information

Ray Ekobena

27

Alexandria

Sentenced Nov. 6, 2015 to 104 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Ordered to forfeit $712,231.22 and pay that amount in restitution.

Stefan Ekobena

24

Atlanta, Georgia

Sentenced Nov. 6, 2015 to 66 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Ordered to forfeit $199,808.29 and pay that amount in restitution.

Rodney Hardy

25

Hyattsville, Maryland

Sentenced Nov. 6, 2015 to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Ordered to forfeit $20,618.41 and pay that amount in restitution.

Jerome Johnson

32

Washington, D.C.

Sentenced Dec. 4, 2015 to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Ordered to forfeit $100,000.00 and pay $19,091.30 in restitution.

Deallto Davis

20

Washington, D.C.

Sentenced on Dec. 4, 2015 to 6 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Ordered to forfeit $7,678.24 and pay $60,954.75 in restitution.

Gani Cole

27

Bryans Road, Maryland

Sentenced on April 1, 2016 to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised released.  Ordered to forfeit $5,247.48 and pay that amount in restitution.

Kyle Cary

25

Hyattsville, Maryland

Sentenced today to 40 months in prison and three years of supervised released.  Ordered to forfeit $78,000.00 and pay $18,906.27 in restitution.

Alan Lamin

25

Washington, D.C.

Sentenced July 8, 2015 to 54 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Ordered to pay $124,640 in restitution.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Maria Kelokates, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS); Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of the Fairfax County Police Department, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph V. Longobardo prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:15-cr-180 and 1:15-cr-327.

Topic: 
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
Updated April 8, 2016