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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Assisted Living Facility Manager Indicted for Stealing Elderly Residents’ Identities to Obtain Credit Cards

Allegedly Made Over $75,000 in Purchases Using Fraudulently Obtained Credit Cards

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury indicted Salah Eldean Sood, age 34, of Baltimore, today on charges arising from a scheme to open credit card accounts using the stolen identity information of elderly persons who were in Sood’s care at Holland Manor Eldercare, an assisted living facility in Towson, Maryland.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Nicholas DiGiulio, Office of Investigations, Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger; and Special Agent in Charge Michael McGill of the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, Philadelphia Field Division (SSA).

According to the four count indictment, Sood managed Holland Manor Eldercare. From July 2014 to January 2016, Sood used the names and social security numbers of three elderly persons who resided at the assisted living facility to apply for and receive six credit cards from a bank. Sood falsely represented himself to the bank as the resident in whose name he applied for the credit card. Sood added himself as an authorized user on those accounts and made over $75,000 in purchases using the accounts. 

Sood faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for bank fraud, and a mandatory minimum of two years in prison consecutive to any other sentence imposed on each of three counts for aggravated identity theft.  An initial appearance has not yet been scheduled.  Sood is detained in federal custody.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings. 

The Maryland Identity Theft Working Group has been working since 2006 to foster cooperation among local, state, federal, and institutional fraud investigators and to promote effective prosecution of identity theft schemes by both state and federal prosecutors. This case, as well as other cases brought by members of the Working Group, demonstrates the commitment of law enforcement agencies to work with financial institutions and businesses to address identity fraud, identify those who compromise personal identity information, and protect citizens from identity theft.

Today’s announcement is part of the efforts undertaken in connection with the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.  The task force was established to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.  With more than 20 federal agencies, 94 U.S. attorneys’ offices, and state and local partners, it’s the broadest coalition of law enforcement, investigatory and regulatory agencies ever assembled to combat fraud.  Since its formation, the task force has made great strides in facilitating increased investigation and prosecution of financial crimes; enhancing coordination and cooperation among federal, state and local authorities; addressing discrimination in the lending and financial markets; and conducting outreach to the public, victims, financial institutions and other organizations.  Since fiscal year 2009, the Justice Department has filed over 18,000 financial fraud cases against more than 25,000 defendants.  For more information on the task force, please visit www.StopFraud.gov.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended HHS, the Baltimore County Police Department, Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office and SSA for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren E. Perry and Roann Nichols, who are prosecuting the case.

Topic: 
Financial Fraud
Updated February 25, 2016