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Gloucester Township Police Assist Feds with Arrest of Suspects Involved in Defrauding Banks

The Gloucester Township Police Special Investigations Unit worked with The United States Department of Justice, District of New Jersey and multiple other agencies in the arrest of fourteen people who were charged with scheming to defraud banks and individuals with counterfeit CARES act stimulus checks.

 

Below is the media release from the Department of Justice:

– Fourteen people have been charged with scheming to defraud banks and individuals with counterfeit economic stimulus checks purportedly issued by the Treasury Department pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Charged by complaint with conspiracy to commit bank fraud are:

Defendant

Age

Residence

Justin Ezeiruaku

23

Berlin, New Jersey

Torri Pedro

24

Sicklerville, New Jersey

*Akume Ehoggi

25

Glassboro, New Jersey

Kassan Knight

23

Newark

Nakirah Matthews

21

Paulsboro, New Jersey

*Qwan Taylor

22

Pennsauken, New Jersey

*Kwaeson Watts

24

Lindenwold, New Jersey

*Nasir Johnson

23

Newark

*Daeson Monroe

25

Philadelphia

Daron Curry

24

Westville, New Jersey

Talib Crump

26

Philadelphia

*Noah Brent-Magri

21

Somerset, New Jersey

Isaiah White

23

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Ali Shoultz

23

Clementon, New Jersey

*denotes at-large

Knight, Pedro, Shoultz, Matthews and Curry made their initial appearances Oct. 22, 2020, by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio. Ezeiruako will make his appearance on Oct. 26, 2020. Crump is in custody in Philadelphia. White was arrested in Virginia and will have an initial appearance at a date to be determined.

According to documents filed in this case:

U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) postal inspectors and special agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), uncovered a nationwide scheme involving counterfeit economic stimulus checks deposited into bank accounts with the intent to defraud the banks. A network of individuals posted advertisements on Instagram and Snapchat offering people the ability to make “quick cash” if they banked at certain institutions. Some members of the conspiracy acquired individuals’ banking information using a ruse, while others printed the counterfeit stimulus checks that they deposited into the accounts. Members of the conspiracy used ATM machines, and peer-to-peer bank transfers, as well as debit cards, to make large purchases and large cash withdrawals. Individuals financed purchases of luxury cars and paid for their apartments with the stolen funds. In many cases, the individuals whose accounts were compromised suffered financial losses and credit problems, while others were complicit in the fraud.

The count of bank fraud conspiracy is punishable by a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited inspectors with the USPIS Philadelphia Division, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Damon Wood, and Eastern Area, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Kenneth Cleevely; special agents of HSI, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina in Newark; special agents of HSI, Norfolk, Virginia, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Raymond Villanueva, in Washington, D.C.; special agents of IRS - Criminal Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Montanez in Newark; the U.S. Marshals Service, District of New Jersey, under the direction of U.S. Marshal Juan Mattos; the office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew McKay; the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, under the direction of Attorney General Josh Shapiro; the Glassboro Police Department, under the direction of Chief John Polillo; the Winslow Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief George M. Smith; the Gloucester Township Police Department, Special Investigations Unit, under the direction of Chief David J. Harkins; the Pennsauken Police Department, under the direction of Chief Jon Nettleton; the Paulsboro Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gary Kille; the Lindenwold Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael McCarthy; the West Whiteland Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Lee Benson; the Pennsylvania State Police, under the direction of Capt. James Kemm; the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Gaming Enforcement, under the direction of Lt. Kevin Conrad; and the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alisa Shver of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

 

Address/Location
Gloucester Township Police Department
1261 Chews Landing Rd
Gloucester Township, NJ 08021

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 856-228-4500

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