NEWARK, N.J. – Two New Jersey men were sentenced today to prison terms for their roles in a scheme to bribe mail carriers to steal credit cards from the mail, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Olagoke Araromi, 22, of Union, New Jersey, was sentenced to 61 months in prison. He previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to a three-count information charging him with bribery of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail carriers, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Moussa Dagno, 24, of Harrison, New Jersey, was sentenced to 57 months in prison. He previously pleaded guilty before Judge Hayden to an information charging him with one count each of bribery of USPS mail carriers and employees, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Judge Hayden imposed both sentences today in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:
Araromi and Dagno recruited at least a half dozen USPS mail carriers and employees to steal credit cards from the mail in exchange for cash bribes, typically $100 per stolen card. Once Araromi had taken possession of the stolen credit cards and activated them, he and Dagno would use the cards to purchase high-end electronics and clothing at various retail stores throughout New Jersey. In February 2018, law enforcement seized six laptops and a smartphone from the Harrison residence then shared by Araromi and Dagno, all of which had been purchased with the stolen credit cards.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the USPS Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi, Northeast Area Field Office, and inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge James V. Buthorn in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencings.