A federal grand jury in Baltimore has issued a six-count indictment against a 28-year-old Hyattsville man in connection with an alleged fraudulent credit card scheme, a U.S. attorney's spokesman said yesterday.
The indictment, issued Tuesday, charges Richard A. Okeowo, a citizen of Nigeria who is in the United States on a student visa, with using fictitious names and false statements to receive credit cards between Aug. 25 and Oct. 12, said Assistant U.S. State's Attorney William C. Hendricks.
Hendricks said the suspect was arrested Oct. 17 on mail fraud charges stemming from a U.S. postal investigation.
According to Hendricks, the suspect is charged in a scheme in which he allegedly netted $20,000 after he applied for different credit cards using false names and addresses.
Hendricks said the suspect allegedly rented office space in Glen Burnie using a telephone there to corroborate false statements he allegedly used on the credit card applications.
The assistant U.S. state's attorney said the arrest came after a bank became suspicious and notified postal authorities.
Okeowo was held in the Baltimore County jail yesterday in lieu of $10,000 bond, said Hendricks.
The attorney for Okeowo, Robert W. Shook, refused to comment on the case.