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Anderson man indicted on fraud charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana
Concealed prior criminal background on job and loan applications and court documents

Indianapolis – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today the indictment of an Anderson man on six counts of wire fraud, two counts of making false statements on a loan or credit application, and one count of making false declarations before the court. Kwame Abdul-Haqq, 52, Anderson, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Indianapolis.

Robert Borum has a lengthy criminal history in New York, including convictions for attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery and burglary.  Borum legally changed his name in 1993 to Kwame Abdul-Haqq.  In December 2006, Adbdul-Haqq applied for a job as a correctional officer with the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC).  In completing his job application, Abdul-Haqq lied about and failed to disclose his criminal history under the name Robert Borum.  The IDOC subsequently hired Abdul-Haqq as a correctional officer at the Pendleton Correctional Facility, where Abdul-Haqq was employed from February 2007 until early 2015.  The six counts of wire fraud are based on the last six wire transfers of Abdul-Haqq’s wages from the IDOC to his bank account.

In January 2009, Adbul-Haqq applied for a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) refinance of his existing mortgage on a house he owned in Ingalls, Indiana.  Then, in August 2013, he applied for mortgage assistance from FHA on the same house.  On both applications, Abdul-Haqq falsely stated that he lived in the home as his primary residence when in fact he was renting the home to another person for $850 a month.  Abdul-Haqq and his wife were living in a separate residence in Anderson, Indiana at the time.

In December 2012, Adbul-Haqq perjured himself when he made false statements about his income to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on an application to file a lawsuit against the IDOC without paying filing fees.

This case was investigated by United States Department of Housing and Urban Development-Office of Inspector General, Special Agent Jared Burns, and the Indiana State Police.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan A. Bont who is prosecuting this case for the government, Abdul-Haqq faces up to 30 years’ imprisonment for making false statements each loan and credit application, up to 20 years on each wire fraud count, and up to five years on the perjury count.

Updated July 7, 2016