5 Washington Area Residents Charged In Bank Fraud

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GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Authorities say five Washington area residents have been indicted in a bank fraud conspiracy that prosecutors say netted them at least $320,000.

An indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt says the defendants created counterfeit checks and altered others. They funneled those checks through bank accounts that they opened using their names, false names and names of corporations using other people’s personal information.

Prosecutors say the defendants obtained six flat-screen televisions, a 2004 Land Rover and a Cartier watch in the scheme.

The defendants are Kodjo Panyin Duncan and Caleb Otsibah, of Lanham, Md.; Kodjo Kakra Duncan of Capitol Heights, Md.; and Nathan Silla, of Glenn Dale, Md., all of whom are 37. Also charged was Stephen Wise, 22, of Washington.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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