Nigerian man gets prison for stealing from bank customers
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Nigerian citizen was sentenced this week to federal prison for using fraudulent ATM bank cards to steal more than $260,000 from dozens of bank customers, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Chief U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. ordered Damiola Bamidele Isaac Samuel, 22, on Monday to serve 33 months and pay $276,790 in restitution, U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph said in a news release. Following his release, Samuel will face deportation proceedings, Joseph said.
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. Multiple times, Samuel was seen on surveillance cameras using ATM cards associated with the fraudulent accounts, the news release said.
Samuel pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud on Dec. 10, 2019.