Jersey City man gets 27 months for using fake passports to facilitate $450k bank fraud conspiracy


A Jersey City man was sentenced to 27 months in prison today after admitting to using fake passports to facilitation a $450,000 bank fraud conspiracy, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachel Honig announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Mamadou Diallo, 44, of Jersey City, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of bank fraud conspiracy and one count of false use of a passport.

Hayden imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

From June 2012 through December 2018, Diallo and others conspired to fraudulently obtain money from the victim banks. They created false passports by affixing their own pictures onto passports bearing others’ names, according to court documents.

The conspirators opened fraudulent bank accounts at the banks using the doctored passports as photo identification. Then they deposited fraudulent IRS refund checks and withdrew the funds from ATM and teller terminals. The banks lost over $450,000.

In addition to the prison term, Hayden sentenced Diallo to three years of supervised release, and ordered him to pay $150,052 in restitution.

He was first charged back in December 2018.

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