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Portland Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud, Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine
Paul Logugune faces up to 30 years for forged check writing scheme

PORTLAND, Maine:  A Portland man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Portland to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to court records, from May to June 2022, Paul Logugune, 22, and a coconspirator broke into unattended vehicles to steal purses and wallets to obtain driver’s licenses and checkbooks. Forged checks were then drawn on the stolen checkbooks and made payable to the names on the stolen licenses. They then recruited others to cash the forged checks at multiple credit union branches in Cumberland County using the stolen IDs to impersonate the ID theft victims.

Logugune faces a maximum sentence of 30 years followed by up to five years of supervised release. He also faces a fine of up to $1 million. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The FBI investigated the case.



Sean M. Green, Assistant United States Attorney (207-780-3257)

Updated May 1, 2024

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft