Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Bowie man pleads guilty to mail fraud

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A 27-year-old Bowie man pleaded guilty to mail fraud in a scheme to obtain merchandise by providing fake bank account information, according to a Jan. 24 news release from the office of Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for Maryland.

Atum Mambe, 27, ordered cell phones, televisions, laptops and other products, pretending to be a business owner and also ordered products on behalf of the University of Maryland from July to December 2006, according to the plea agreement.

The companies mailed about $655,000 worth of merchandise to Mambe, who never paid for it. He would sometimes call the companies and tell them he had not received the items.

As a result of the scheme, Mambe was able to maintain two households and sell merchandise for $350,000 to $400,000.

He also bought dump trucks in England and shipped the trucks from England to Cameroon.

Mambe could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

His sentencing is scheduled for March 26.