Maryland Man Admits to Coordinating Covid-19, Unemployment, Insurance, and Aggravated Identity Theft Schemes

Defendant and Co-Conspirators Caused Losses Exceeding $1.5 Million

Baltimore, Maryland – Idowu Raji, age 40, of Baltimore County, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit access device fraud, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft in relation to multiple financial schemes.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge James R. Mancuso of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; Acting Special Agent in Charge Mark Lewis of the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), Washington Field Office; Acting Special Agent in Charge Troy W. Springer, of the Washington Regional Office, U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Inspector General; and, Postal Inspector in Charge Greg L. Torbenseon of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - Washington Division.

“Raji participated in the theft of American personal identifying information from more than 50 unsuspecting Americans and caused at least one million dollars in COVID-19 fraud for his financial benefit” said U.S. Attorney Barron.  “Our Office remains dedicated to bringing justice to anyone who fraudulently obtains disaster relief funds to line their pockets and deprive American citizens in a time of need.”

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