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Sentence Handed Down in $4.2 Million BEC Scheme

Maryland man conspired in a business email compromise scheme that stole from at least 13 separate victims over the course of a year.

The US Department of Justice this week announced that a Maryland man was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for his role in a large business email compromise (BEC) scheme that netted more than $4.2 million for the conspirators.

Nkeng Amin, also known as "Rapone" or "Arnold," was sentenced as a result of a plea agreement in which he pled guilty to setting up bank accounts for use as "drop accounts" where victims would place money, and as disbursement accounts for sharing money between conspirators.

The scheme, which ran between February 2016 and July 2017, defrauded at least 13 individuals and businesses. The criminals would pose as companies with which the victims had business relationships, and provide instructions for wiring funds, and then empty the accounts.

In addition to Amin, the co-conspirators who also pleaded guilty include:

  • Aldrin Fon Fomukong, also known as "Albanky" or "A.L.," age 24, of Greenbelt, Maryland;
  • Carlson Cho, also known as "Uncle Tiga2," age 23, of Braintree, Massachusetts;
  • Izou Ere Digifa, also known as "Lzuo Digifa," or "Mimi VA," age 22, of Lynchburg, Virginia;
  • Yanick Eyong, age 26, of Bowie, Maryland;
  • Ishmail Ganda, also known as "Banker TD," age 31, of College Park, Maryland.
  • While Fomukong and Digifa await sentencing, the others have been sentenced to prison terms from 90 days to 57 months.

For more, read here.

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