5 Md. men charged in bank fraud

Five Washington-area residents have been accused in federal court in Maryland in a bank fraud conspiracy prosecutors said netted them the cash to buy a 2004 Land Rover Range Rover, flat screen TVs and jewelry that included a Cartier watch.

According to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, the defendants created counterfeit checks and altered others that had been stolen. They funneled the checks through bank accounts they opened in their names, false names and corporate names using other peoples’ personal identifying information.

The defendants allegedly made more than $320,000 in the scheme, federal prosecutors allege.

The defendants include Nathan A. Silla, 37, of Glenn Dale; Kodjo Kakra Duncan, 37, of Capitol Heights; Kodjo Panyin Duncan, 37, of Lanham; Caleb K. Otsibah, age 37, of Lanham and Stephen L. Wise, 22, of the District.

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