Third defendant sentenced in credit card scam case

WARREN — A man arrested about a year ago on charges stemming from a credit card scam avoided jail as he was sentenced to five years probation Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Said Sheikh Abu, 25, of Seattle, pleaded guilty Sept. 7 before Judge W. Wyatt McKay to one count each of forgery and complicity to identity fraud.

Two of Abu’s co-defendants, Jibril Abdiselam, 24, of Seattle, and Zakaria Omar Warsame, 26, of Columbus, were sentenced Monday by Judge Peter J. Kontos. Abdiselam was convicted of forgery and identity fraud and given nine months in jail, while Warsame received 60 days in jail on a conviction 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.

McKay will be sentencing the case’s two other co-defendants, Mohamaddeq M. Hassan, 27, of Columbus, and Mohamed A. Mahamoud, 27, of Seattle, after their background reports are completed by the Adult Probation Department.