Scam sends pair to jail

Tribune Chronicle

WARREN — A man arrested about a year ago on charges stemming from a credit card scam will go to jail for nine months, and a co-defendant will serve 60 days in jail.

Jibril Abdiselam, 24, of Seattle, convicted of forgery and identity fraud, was sentenced to nine months in jail Monday.

Co-defendant  Zakaria Omar Warsame, 26, of Columbus, was sentenced to the shorter sentence, followed by five years of probation. Warsame was convicted of complicity to commit identity fraud and possessing criminal tools.

The men were among five Somali nationals arrested on a variety of felony charges last fall during a traffic stop along the Ohio Turnpike in Braceville. The five were indicted by a grand jury in March.

According to earlier testimony in Newton Falls Municipal Court, an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper, during a Nov. 12, 2015, stop near the state Route 5 exit, found an ink printer, a laptop computer, a scanner, a credit card embosser, credit cards, gift cards and cash in the vehicle the men were in. The trooper told the court the credit cards he found had information on them that did not match the electronic readings when the cards were scanned.

Warsame and Abdiselam both pleaded guilty Aug. 22 to amended indictments before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos.

Mohamed A. Mahamoud, 27, of Seattle, pleaded guilty before Common Pleas Court Judge W. Wyatt McKay to forgery, complicity to commit identity fraud and receiving stolen property in September. Also in September, co-defendant Said Sheikh Abu, 25, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to one count each of forgery and complicity to identity fraud.

The fifth co-defendant, Mohamaddeq M. Hassan, 27, of Columbus, pleaded guilty last month to one count each of possessing criminal tools and forgery of identification cards as part of a plea deal in the case.