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HOUSTON – A 34-year-old Nigerian man who was residing in Houston has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.

From on or about Jan. 1, 2015, through April 13, 2017, Azeez Abiodun Balogun was involved in a conspiracy that involved many schemes to defraud via the mail. In his primary scheme, Balogun used stolen personal identifying information (PII) of individuals without their permission to commit Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF). The stolen funds were then loaded onto prepaid debit cards and mailed to addresses Balogun or others controlled in the Houston areas.

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