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TRENTON – A 31-year-old North Brunswick man admitted to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft for his role in hijacking others’ credit card accounts to purchase between $250,000 and $550,000 in high-end products.
Henry Abdul, 31, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in federal court, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.
According to court documents and statements, between October 2015 and January 2018, Abdul, Alexus Omowole, 22, also of North Brunswick, and others participated in a conspiracy to obtain control of credit card accounts by contacting the relevant financial institution and posing as the account owner in order to change the personal information associated with the customer accounts, including the residential address, email address and telephone number.
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Those involved in the conspiracy then opened new accounts or ordered replacement cards to be shipped to them without the customers’ knowledge or authorization. Abdul’s prior residential address in Newark was used as part of the conspiracy.
Abdul, Omowole and others used the compromised credit card accounts to purchase high-value items, including smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
As part of the plea agreement, Abdul admitted that the scheme caused between $250,000 and $550,000 in losses, and involved more than 10 different victims.
Abdul faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on the bank fraud conspiracy charge and a two-year prison term on the aggravated identity theft charge, which must run consecutive to any other prison term imposed. Sentencing scheduled for Nov. 28.
Omowole pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft on May 21. Her sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 10.
Staff Writer Suzanne Russell: 732-565-7335; [email protected]
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