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Camden County Man Admits Conspiring to Commit Bank Fraud and Credit Card Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, man today admitted participating in schemes to negotiate fraudulent checks with forged signatures and to use credit cards without authorization, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Emmanuel Yirenkyi, 29, of Pine Hill, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of bank fraud conspiracy and one count of access device fraud conspiracy.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Yirenkyi conspired with Misty Sarfo-Adu, Eugene Koranteng, and others to commit bank fraud by obtaining blank checks containing the names and account information of unsuspecting customers of a credit card company. They made the checks payable to members of the conspiracy, forged the customers’ signatures on the checks, and negotiated the checks at financial institutions. In a separate scheme, Yirenkyi and Sarfo-Adu also conspired to use credit cards without the account holders’ knowledge or authorization. Yirenkyi admitted that the fraud schemes caused a loss to the credit card company of more than $150,000.

The count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. The count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 16, 2024.

Sarfo-Adu previously pleaded guilty before Judge Kugler to his participation in the same conspiracies and is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 28, 2023.

Koranteng remains charged by complaint. The charge and allegations contained in the complaint against Koranteng are merely accusations, and Koranteng is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of Homeland Security Investigations Newark, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Kurtz, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. U.S. Attorney Sellinger also thanked the Moorestown Police Department for its assistance in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Bender of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.


Updated September 13, 2023

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 23-264