Convicted Ponzi Schemer and Alleged Conspirator Indicted for Multimillion-Dollar Fraud Scheme and Obstruction of Justice
NEWARK, N.J. – Two New Jersey men were sentenced today to prison terms for their roles in a scheme to bribe mail carriers to steal credit cards from the mail, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Olagoke Araromi, 22, of Union, New Jersey, was sentenced to 61 months in prison. He previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to a three-count information charging him with bribery of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail carriers, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Moussa Dagno, 24, of Harrison, New Jersey, was sentenced to 57 months in prison. He previously pleaded guilty before Judge Hayden to an information charging him with one count each of bribery of USPS mail carriers and employees, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Judge Hayden imposed both sentences today in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:
Araromi and Dagno recruited at least a half dozen USPS mail carriers and employees to steal credit cards from the mail in exchange for cash bribes, typically $100 per stolen card. Once Araromi had taken possession of the stolen credit cards and activated them, he and Dagno would use the cards to purchase high-end electronics and clothing at various retail stores throughout New Jersey. In February 2018, law enforcement seized six laptops and a smartphone from the Harrison residence then shared by Araromi and Dagno, all of which had been purchased with the stolen credit cards.
Several USPS employees who accepted bribes from Araromi and Dagno have already pleaded guilty to bribery charges, including: former mail carriers Zenobia Gilmer, Ayesha Troztz and Kyanne Costley, who had delivery routes in Mt. Arlington, East Orange and Elizabeth, New Jersey; and Jennel Williams, who formerly worked as a clerk in the Newark Main Post Office. All four admitted to stealing credit cards from the mail and delivering them to Araromi or Dagno in exchange for payments, and all are awaiting sentencing. A fifth mail carrier from Jersey City, Jacquan Miller, has been charged by complaint for his role in the scheme.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Hayden sentenced Araromi and Dagno to five years of supervised release and ordered restitution of $87,503 for Olagoke and $84,573 for Araromi.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the USPS Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi, Northeast Area Field Office, and inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge James V. Buthorn in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencings.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark J. McCarren and Jihee G. Suh of the U.S. Attorney’s Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.
The charges and allegations against Jacquan Miller are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.