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Local Woman Sentenced for Role in Access Device Fraud Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh has been sentenced in federal court to two months in prison and two years of supervised release on her conviction of access device fraud, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

United States District Judge J. Nicolas Ranjan imposed the sentence on Samiat Akinyemi, 26, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, Akinyemi was part of a conspiracy that involved using stolen identity information to induce financial institutions to issue credit and debit cards on victim customers’ accounts. She used one of these fraudulently obtained cards to purchase approximately $9,000 worth of store gift cards and other items from Macy’s and Nordstrom Rack.

Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey R. Bengel prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and United States Postal Inspection Service for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Akinyemi.

Updated February 2, 2022

Topic
Financial Fraud