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Maryland man gets 6 years for $151K bank fraud scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—A Maryland man has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for his role in a bank fraud scheme that obtained more than $151,000 from victims while using fake identities and personal information.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland, Archie Arnold Paul, also known as “Carter Hill” and “Zion Davis,” 31, of Laurel, orchestrated the scheme and worked with Jalen Craig McMillan, Jovan Bell, Tiffany Rainel Williams, and John Fitzgerald Washington, and others to defraud a bank.

The scheme involved using fake identities and personal information of real people to open fraudulent bank accounts, prosecutors said. Paul worked with Washington and others to make the fake identities, while Williams and others used them to impersonate the victims and open the accounts. The suspects also received loans using the stolen identities.

Overall, the scheme managed to take $151,091.16 from the bank, and the suspects tried to get away with stealing more than $405,000.

In addition to the prison sentence, Paul has been given 5 years of supervised release, ordered to pay $151,091.16 in restitution, and surrender a 9mm caliber semi-automatic pistol with no serial number that was recovered by police during a search of his home.

The U.S. Secret Service was commended for its work on the investigation, while the Laurel Police Department also assisted.

This article was written with the assistance of AI and reviewed by a human editor.

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