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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Woman Pleads Guilty To Bankruptcy Fraud, Bank Fraud

United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announces today that Edwige Caroline Angono-Ndongo, 42, of Mobile, Alabama pleaded guilty to two federal fraud charges. Angono-Ndongo falsified the bankruptcy Schedules of Assets and Liabilities she filed in 2010 in her bankruptcy case in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Alabama by failing to disclose some of her property, including bank and securities accounts. She also engaged in a credit card bankruptcy "bust out" scheme. Ndongo defrauded Bank of America with an electronic "check–kiting" scheme, using electronic transfers supported by insufficient funds, similar to "rubber checks", from her credit union to make it appear that she was making payments on her credit card accounts at the bank. By making bogus payments to the bank, she caused the bank to allow her to charge thousands of dollars in purchases. She then filed bankruptcy and discharged the debts to the bank. Angono-Ndongo faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for the bankruptcy fraud charge and 30 years in prison for the bank fraud charge. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 8, 2015 before U.S. District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Charles Baer, Gregory Bordenkircher, and Sinan Kalayoglu. United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown stated that the prosecution shows that the Department of Justice understands its duty to work to keep the bankruptcy system clean and to protect the banking system from fraud.

Updated March 30, 2015