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Egyptian National Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Wire Fraud Scheme to Defraud Former Employer in New Jersey

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

CAMDEN, N.J. – An Egyptian national living in New Jersey was sentenced to 18 months in prison for engaging in a fraudulent scheme to misappropriate more than approximately $430,000 belonging to his former New Jersey employer, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Abdelrahman Ahmed-Elkilani, 28, a citizen of Egypt who formerly resided in Florida, and now resides in Woodland Park, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler to an information charging him with one count of wire fraud. Judge Kugler imposed the sentence on May 15, 2024, in Camden federal court.

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

From January 2017 through July 2019, Ahmed-Elkilani misappropriated more than $430,000 in funds belonging to his former employer by taking advantage of his role as a marketing manager for the company and his access to other employees’ operator codes, as well as the company’s membership accounts to create and execute multiple false transactions. These transactions enabled Ahmed-Elkilani to misappropriate funds for his own personal use and benefit.

Ahmed-Elkilani misappropriated $417,075 held in the company’s deposit account and caused approximately $275,000 of those funds to be transferred to his personal credit or debit cards. He also misappropriated $13,674 in additional company funds through other fraudulent methods.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Kugler sentenced Ahmed-Elkilani to three years of supervised release and ordered restitution and forfeiture in the amount of $430,749.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark, with the investigation leading to the sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer S. Kozar of the Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.

Updated May 16, 2024

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 24-180