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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ghanaian National Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For Money Laundering

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Monessen, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 24 months incarceration and restitution in the amount of $55,029.10 on his conviction of money laundering, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed the sentence on Steven Mensah Yawson, 37, and ordered that Yawson, a Ghanaian National, be immediately deported from the United States following completion of his sentence as a result of his conviction.

According to the information presented to the court, in 2012, Yawson conspired with others to steal identities which were later used to open credit cards and to purchase merchandise and gift cards in Western Pennsylvania. Yawson wired proceeds from the fraud to an individual in Accra, Ghana.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force (WPFCTF) for conducting the investigation. The WPFCTF was established as a collaborative, multi-agency effort to effectively combat financial crimes, including identity fraud, in Western Pennsylvania. Partnering in this effort are the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Updated July 14, 2015