Florida man of Indian origin sentenced to 8 years for defrauding victims in Ohio

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A Florida man of Indian origin, who conspired to steal identities to fraudulently obtain credit and COVID-19 relief funds was sentenced in federal court in Cincinnati, Ohio  August 2, 2022, to 96 months in prison.

Adesh Alvin Bissoon, 43, of Miami Beach, Florida, defrauded several victims who resided in the Southern District of Ohio. Bissoon caused at least $3.5 million in loss, including more than $1 million in disaster-relief funds he fraudulently obtained during the pandemic, according to a press release from the Justice Department.

When federal agents executed a search warrant at one of Bissoon’s residences, they found multiple driver’s licenses, approximately 200 credit and/or debit cards, and more than 10 checkbooks, all in other people’s names. Agents also discovered hundreds of other documents containing victims’ personally identifiable information (PII); approximately $70,000 in cash; tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of precious metals; and seven cellphones, each of which was labeled with the name of a victim.

According to court documents, from 2012 through August 2020, Bissoon and co-conspirators used the Dark Web to obtain victims’ personal identifiable information.

Bissoon and others also used the victims’ information to create fraudulent Social Security cards and driver’s licenses, which they then used to open financial accounts in the victims’ names.

Bissoon then requested convenience checks in high dollar amounts, drawn against the victims’ lines of credit. He also registered LLCs with states and the IRS to obtain business credit cards with higher credit limits. Bissoon separately applied for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the Small Business Association using the LLCs he had established using individual victims’ PII, claiming that those businesses were experiencing temporary difficulties and loss of revenue due to COVID-19.

Initially charged by criminal complaint in August 2020 and released on bond in Florida, Bissoon’s pretrial release was revoked after law enforcement discovered he had attempted to steal another $150,000 from a bank while on release by falsely claiming to be the victim of unauthorized bank transfers.



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