Florida: U.S. Postal Service employee, and other Mohameds, arrested for theft, fraud

Maybe banning folks with variations of the name Mohamed would be an effective vetting strategy.

Source: U.S. Postal Service employees prosecuted for conspiracy to…

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A U.S. Postal Service employee has been arrested for conspiracy to defraud the United States, theft of government money and theft of mail, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III announced.

Badi Mohamed, 30, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said he could be ordered to pay at least $20,741 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Elsewhere, in New York: 30 Accused In Queens Credit Card, Identity Theft Ring

Thirty people have been arrested and charged in connection with a stolen credit card and identity theft ring in Queens.

The ring was responsible for stealing personal credit information from hundreds of consumers at a cost of more than $3.5 million in losses to individuals and financial institutions, prosecutors said.

The indictments alleged that Muhammad Rana, 40, was the boss of the identity theft ring…

In Chicago,  Focus on Deer Park Apple Store nets 2 more accused scammers

Mohammed Hosein, 23 and Wen Jie Qin, 21 were stopped Wednesday by sheriff deputies near Deer Park Town Center. They had just left the Apple Store after exchanging stolen, damaged iPhones for new ones, the sheriff’s office said.

Here’s how the scam works, according to Sheriff’s Detective Christopher Covelli:

The men go into Apple stores with phones that are either cracked or super glued together, preventing employees from opening up the phones to confirm serial numbers.

They claim they own the phones, and use false documents and stolen identity info to apparently prove it, Covelli said. The men then exchange the broken phones for a new one under warranty and leave with a new phone they are able to re-sell.

Hosein and Qin and were charged with one count each of burglary and retail theft, both felonies, and were each ordered held on $50,000 bonds.

These kinds of fraudulent purchases are happening all across the country, but Covelli said the Lake County’s sheriff’s office has been keeping a close eye on the Deer Park store. Those increased efforts have led to the recent increase in arrests tied to the store; it may not mean that this store is for some reason being targeted, he added.

The sheriff’s office continues to provide increased patrols at the store.


Mohammed Hosein | Lake County sheriff’s office photo

In New Jersey, Bank teller helped man steal credit card info for 42 people, cops say

A bank teller for a Wells Fargo branch is accused of conspiring with an Atlantic County man to steal the credit card information of 42 people, authorities said.

Kyesha Muhammad, a teller at Wells Fargo in Galloway, and Larry Gilliam Jr. cost the bank $23,605.25 by making fraudulent transactions, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release.

Muhammad is free on $100,000 bail, while Gilliam was held on that amount.

In Pennsylvania:  Renter accused of wiring nearly $3K from landlord’s bank account

A New York man is accused of making nine Western Union transactions totaling nearly $3,000 from her landlord’s bank account.

Issaka Mohammed, 23, of the Bronx, allegedly made the transactions sometime between March and May.

The victim, Gerald Johnson, reported to Lower Saucon Township police the nine transactions totaling $2,976 were made on his business account, Alta Enterprise. He also found a fraudulent check through his Embassy Bank account was made with his forged signature and the company’s logo on the check was hand drawn, according to police.

Investigators contacted the bank and learned the transactions were made through Western Union by Mohammed. Gerald told police he leased a room to Mohammed in a building he owns along Birkel Avenue in Bethlehem.

Gerald also provided Mohammed with a check from the compromised account to pay a utility bill associated with the building, according to police.

Investigators were able to track Mohammed as the sender and another man as the recipient in the Western Union transactions. One of the alleged transactions occurred at a CVS Pharmacy just blocks from the Birkel Avenue building.

Gerald told police the man receiving the funds also had rented a room in his building the same time Mohammed was a tenant. The male tenant told police in an interview he lent Mohammed cash and he paid him back through the Western Union transaction, in which he picked up at the CVS on March 8.

Mohammed is charged with forgery, theft, identity theft and access device fraud. She was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Robert Hawke, who set bail at $75,000

In lieu of bail, Mohammed was taken to Northampton County Prison.

Check your state. Is a Mohamed variant – sometimes referred to as the The Mohammed Coefficient – stealing identities and taxpayer funds there?

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