Aug 02, 2020
Bowie Man Sentenced To 18 Months In Federal Prison For False Use Of A Passport
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GREENBELT, Md. (WJZ) — A Bowie man was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in federal prison for false use of a passport.
Arinze Michael Ozor, 37, a dual citizen of the United States and Nigeria, was sentenced for false use of a passport in connection with his use of false passports to open “drop accounts” for a money laundering conspiracy.
According to his plea agreement, Ozor used at least two fraudulent passports as part of a money laundering conspiracy to open eight “drop accounts” to receive the proceeds from fraud schemes, including business e-mail compromise schemes and romance fraud schemes.
The funds deposited to the accounts were largely disseminated to other entities as part of the conspiracy by Ozor and others.
Specifically, Ozor admitted that he used a Ghanaian passport in the name of Kelvin Green to open accounts at five banks between December 2017 and January 2018. Although the passport contained purported identifiers for Green, it contained Ozor’s photograph.
When one of the banks froze the account due to suspicion of fraudulent activity, Ozor met with a banker to discuss regaining access to the account and presented the same Ghanaian passport in support of his request.
Ozor further admitted that from March 23, 2018 through May 1, 2018, he used a purported Beninese passport in the name of Jacob Hessou to open accounts at three additional banks.
As with the Ghanaian passport, the Beninese passport contained purported identifiers for Hessou, but contained Ozor’s photograph.
The investigation found that Ozor does not have a validly issued passport from Ghana or Benin. In addition, the Kelvin Green Ghanaian passport number and the Jacob Hessou Beninese passport number were actually issued to other individuals by the respective governments and not to Green or Hessou.
More than $976,000 was involved in the money laundering conspiracy from the eight accounts opened by Ozor using the fraudulent passports.
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Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B ‘danger to the public’ and must be refused early jail release’, top prosecutor says
PROSECUTORS investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are opposing prime suspect Christian B's bid for parole stressing the ''security interests of the general public''.
The 43-year-old convicted rapist and paedophile was identified as the man suspected of being responsible for the toddler’s abduction and murder two months ago, after German police said they had concrete evidence she was dead.3Suspect Christian B is currently in jail in Credit: Rex Features 3Madeleine disappeared while on holiday in PortugalCredit: PA:Press Association
He is eligible for parole after serving 14 months of a 21 month sentence for drug trafficking and his lawyer Friedrich Fulscher has filed a request with authorities demanding his release.
But top investigating prosecutor Stephanie Gropp told The Sun “There is no way we will allow him to be freed early from prison. He does not meet the requirements for parole."
"The security interests of the general public have to be preserved and we are strongly opposing this request for parole. We do not advocate his early release from prison."
It comes just days after Mr Fulscher told The Sun Christian B would not face any trial for Madeleine's disappearance as he did not believe there was any evidence against him despite prosecutors’ claims.
He challenged investigators to prove their case and insisted they were ''just chasing down a blind alley''.
Mr Fulscher added that just because Christian B's phone was logged at the Ocean Club apartments in Portugal's Praia da Luz where Madeleine was taken from in May 2007, didn't mean he was responsible.
A prosecution source in Germany said: “We are happy that our suspect is the person responsible and are building a case against him.
“We will not be pushed or challenged by anyone and just want justice to be served.”
Paperwork regarding his appeal has been lodged at the local court in Kiel, where he is currently in prison and a lone judge will decide in the next few weeks whether he should be released early.
But officials are confident he will remain in prison as he is also serving a seven year sentence for the rape of a 72 year old American woman at Praia da Luz in 2005.
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He is appealing the conviction at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg claiming that arrest warrant protocols were not followed when he was extradited from Italy to Germany in 2018.
Ms Gropp added: “The suspect was sentenced to 21 months in October 2011 for the drug trafficking offence and this can be suspended as it was under two years but he then went on to commit further crimes.
“He was given 15 months in October 2017 for sexual offences against children and this coupled with the rape conviction makes it highly unlikely that he will be given parole. He will be staying in jail until for a long time.”3Christian B's lawyers insist he's not responsible for Madeleine's disappearanceCredit: PA:Press Association Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B ‘modified VW camper van to hide child and lived in it above hidden cellar’