3-1-13 Federal court sentences man in bank fraud case

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MARTINSBURG — Three individuals entered pleas of guilty on Feb. 25, 2013, in United States District Court in Martinsburg before Magistrate Judge David J. Joel.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced that: Ismail Omara, 34, formerly of Wallingford, Pa., entered a plea of guilty to “Bank Fraud.” Between March 16 and April 15, 2011, Omara utilized a mobile telephone app that the USAA Federal Savings Bank offers to allow customers to make deposits from their mobile phone using scanner technology, to deposit 10 checks totaling $27,530 from a bank account in which Omara had nearly no money. After making the deposits to the USAA Federal Savings Bank account, Omara immediately withdrew the funds via ATM withdrawals at casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Charles Town, W.Va.

As part of his plea, Omara will make restitution to USAA for the total loss of $25,152.32. Omara, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 30 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and was investigated by the United States Secret Service.

Vaughan J. Henry, 27, of Kearneysville, W.Va., entered a plea of guilty to “Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine” in Martinsburg. Henry, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine.

This case was prosecuted by First Assistant United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen and was investigated by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Martinsburg Police Department and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department.

Carlos Vincent Rivera, 43, of Martinsburg, entered a plea of guilty to “Felon in possession of a Firearm.” On June 21, 2012, Rivera possessed a firearm despite having a prior felony conviction for possession of cocaine and aggravated robbery. Rivera, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Morgan and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Martinsburg Police Department.

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