US court jails Nigerian citizen over ATM fraud

US court jails Nigerian citizen over ATM fraud


A US court has sentenced a Nigerian citizen, Damilola Bamidele Isaac Samuel, resident in the U.S., to 33 months in federal prison for ATM fraud.

22-year-old Samuel pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud on Dec. 10, 2019. He was convicted in Shreveport, Louisiana for using fraudulent ATM bank cards to steal more than $260,000 from dozens of bank customers.

Federal prosecutors said US Chief District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. ordered Samuel to serve 33 months and pay $276,790 in restitution.

U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph made available the judgement in a statement on Thursday July 23. He disclosed that the judgement was delivered on Monday, July 20, adding that Samuel will face deportation proceedings after serving his term.

According to court documents, Samuel conspired with others to steal money from Regions Bank customers. Authorities said he set up accounts in legitimate bank customers’ names then transferred money from those accounts into fraudulently created accounts.

The document stated that multiple times, Samuel was seen on surveillance cameras using ATM cards associated with the fraudulent accounts, the statement said.

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