14 Participants Charged in Criminal Fraud Ring

Allison Tussey —  February 15, 2011 — 3 Comments

Fourteen men who participated in a criminal ring engaged in conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, and identity theft have been arrested in New York:

Ezaz Kabir Choudhury, a/k/a “Ezaz Kabir Chowdhury,” Zia Alam, Rashed Ahmed, Firoz Milon, Mohd Altaf, Mohammed Z. Alam, Shajahan Kabal, Mohammed M. Miah, Shamsul Afrin, Manjur Alam, Mohammed Kawsher, Mazharul Karim Mamun, Azm M. Sarwar, and Matiar Rahman. The defendants were presented in Manhattan federal court before U.S.  Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Kimba M. Wood.

According to the Indictment filed in Manhattan federal court:

From approximately 1999 to 2011, the defendants engaged in a large scale credit card and bank fraud conspiracy based in Manhattan and Queens, New York. The  scheme involved using various collusive merchants to fraudulently charge credit cards for goods and services that were never actually provided.

The defendants also engaged in a conspiracy to defraud various financial institutions by obtaining mortgages, loans, lines of credit, and opening bank accounts using fictitious or stolen personal identifying information. For example, Choudhury and Zia Alam obtained both a mortgage and a home equity loan, totaling over $500,000, using a fictitious name, fictitious social security number, and other fictitious personal identifying information. Also, in November 2010, defendants Choudhury, Zia Alam, and Rahman, stole the identity of another individual and used that information to obtain a bank loan and various credit cards in that individual’s name.

Various banks were also defrauded through check kiting schemes. During the course of the scheme, Ahmed discussed his ability to purchase bank routing numbers from a bank employee and Miah discussed his ability to produce counterfeit bank checks to conduct a check kiting scheme.

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Janice K. Fedarcyk, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced the arrests. 

Mr. Bharara praised the work of the FBI. He also noted that the investigation is continuing.

The case is being handled by the Office’s Organized Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalie Lamarque is in charge of the prosecution.

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

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3 responses to 14 Participants Charged in Criminal Fraud Ring

  1. Yes I know this now.It won’t help me when i go to court now alone.My attorney kept my case on hold for over a year not putting the right people in it if he didn’t want the case he should of backed out of it in a few days.It’s like he played alone with them.Be not able to walk goo from the all when the people who took my house also kept whatever they wanted.All my medicine all my medical things I needed and he never put them in the lawsuit just wrong people people.Attorney do the same.Then it’s harder to find one when your case is messed up and the attorney wants out.One big mess.Also getting a three day notice in what they had the wrong peoples name on it.My last name but someone I never knew.I couldn’t even get the stay with the papers that were made up.

  2. Bank and financial transactions should be checked always for legality and appropriation. It is much trouble for yourself if you don’t safely guard your finances. There are so many fraud activities especially in money and financing, so you must have a reliable source and background check of any people you want to financially transact to.

  3. Same thing happened to me.Only I’m going threw the same thing but without the bank in it right now.As I was fighting the bank they took my house with fraud.Now I have a attorney who was as bad as the fraud company who took my house and messed up my whole case.Papers are missing and he is trying now to get out of this.He wants me to sign papers only won’t return my papers as civil attorneys looked at my case and said he messed it up and papers are missing.Anyone know how I can get help I would be grateful,as I have a court date this month in a few weeks with no help as he messed it completely up and I never new..I am a impute and he knows I can’t get around to good.He needs to know it does’t matter how big you are you ust can’t take someone who has nothing and leave them in a worse mess than they already are and should of let this case go in a few days after looking at it if he felt it was to hard.He just made money and left me and my son in the ghetto.

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