NINE INDIVIDUALS CHARGED WITH BANK FRAUD, AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT | USAO-SDNY

Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Philip Bartlett, Inspector-in-Charge of the New York Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service (“USPIS”), and Dermot Shea, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced charges against SAIBO SIDIBEH, MOUKHAMED FALL, MAMADY DANFAKHA, ALHANSA HYDARA, MAMADOU DIALLO, DEMBA DIAKITE, MOHAMMED SABALY, BANGALY DOUMBIA, and ABUBACKR DANSO for their involvement in a bank fraud scheme involving the deposit of more than $700,000 of fraudulent checks and the subsequent withdrawal of funds.  SIDIBEH, FALL, HYDARA, and DANSO were arrested on August 12, 2020, and presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang.  DANFAKHA, DIALLO, DIAKITE, and DOUMBIA were arrested this morning and are expected to be presented later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron in Manhattan federal court.  SABALY remains at large.

As alleged in the criminal Complaint[1] unsealed today in Manhattan federal court:

Between at least July 2018 and at least August 2019, SAIBO SIDIBEH, MOUKHAMED FALL, MAMADY DANFAKHA, ALHANSA HYDARA, MAMADOU DIALLO, DEMBA DIAKITE, MOHAMMED SABALY, BANGALY DOUMBIA, and ABUBACKR DANSO engaged in a scheme to defraud banks by depositing fraudulent, forged, or altered checks into the bank accounts of third parties at ATMs in the Bronx, Manhattan, and elsewhere.  Before the bank realized that a check was invalid, the defendants withdrew the funds, typically by purchasing postal money orders.  In total, the defendants deposited more than $700,000 in fraudulent checks.

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A chart containing the names, charges, and penalties for the defendants is set forth below.  The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the USPIS and the NYPD.

This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Andrew A. Rohrbach is in charge of the prosecution.

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

 

Count

Charge

Defendant(s)

Maximum/minimum penalties

1

Conspiracy to commit bank fraud

 

18 U.S.C. § 1349

MOUKHAMED FALL,

 MAMADY DANFAKHA,

MAMADOU DIALLO,

 ALHASANA HYDARA,

DEMBA DIAKITE

30 years

2

Bank fraud

 

18 U.S.C. §§ 1344 and 2

MOUKHAMED FALL,

 MAMADY DANFAKHA,

MAMADOU DIALLO,

 ALHASANA HYDARA,

DEMBA DIAKITE

30 years

3

Aggravated identity theft

 

18 U.S.C. §§ 1028A(a)(1), 1028A(b), and 2

MOUKHAMED FALL,

 MAMADY DANFAKHA,

MAMADOU DIALLO,

 ALHASANA HYDARA,

DEMBA DIAKITE

Mandatory two-year consecutive sentence

4

Bank fraud

 

18 U.S.C. §§ 1344 and 2

MOHAMMED SABALY

30 years

5

Aggravated identity theft

 

18 U.S.C. §§ 1028A(a)(1), 1028A(b), and 2

MOHAMMED SABALY

Mandatory two-year consecutive sentence

6

Bank fraud

 

18 U.S.C. §§ 1344 and 2

SAIBO SIDIBEH

30 years

7

Aggravated identity theft

 

18 U.S.C. §§ 1028A(a)(1), 1028A(b), and 2

SAIBO SIDIBEH

Mandatory two-year consecutive sentence

8

Bank fraud

 

18 U.S.C. §§ 1344 and 2

BANGALY DOUMBIA

30 years

9

Aggravated identity theft

 

18 U.S.C. §§ 1028A(a)(1), 1028A(b), and 2

BANGALY DOUMBIA

Mandatory two-year consecutive sentence

10

Bank fraud

 

18 U.S.C. §§ 1344 and 2

ABUBACKR DANSO

30 years

11

Aggravated identity theft

 

18 U.S.C. §§ 1028A(a)(1), 1028A(b), and 2

ABUBACKR DANSO

Mandatory two-year consecutive sentence

 


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the text of the Complaint and the description of the Complaint set forth herein are only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

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