NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


March 11, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

PARTICIPANT IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTERFEIT
CHECK SCHEME CONVICTED

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Brian David Marsh, of Roanne Drive in Oxon Hill, entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to utter counterfeit checks in connection with a million dollar counterfeit check ring operated in Prince George’s County and elsewhere by Yahya and Elvia Abdussamadi. Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Robert Woods sentenced Marsh to serve one year in prison, with all suspended, except for five days as to which he gets credit for time served. Judge Woods further ordered that Marsh be placed on probation for a period of one year. Marsh had been a fugitive for 3 years, having been recently picked up in the District of Columbia on other, unrelated charges.

According to the statement of facts, Marsh was arrested on December 7, 1997, for automobile theft by the Prince George’s County Police. During the arrest, 11 counterfeit Georgetown University checks were found by the arresting officer on Marsh’s person. The checks, dated December 5, 1997, were made payable to two people recruited to cash the bogus checks, and bore the authorized signature of a Georgetown University Vice President and Treasurer. The checks were in differing amounts, ranging from $100 to $900. Two days after Marsh’s arrest, three additional counterfeit Georgetown University checks were actually cashed at branches of the Riggs Bank in Washington, D.C. by the same individuals whose names appeared on the checks found on Marsh’s person.

Marsh was among the "runners" who recruited individuals, called "passers", to cash the bogus checks for the Abussamadis, who created the counterfeit checks by scanning legitimate checks into their computer and then changing the names of the legitimate payees and the amounts of the checks, by using special check writing software. He would ride around with the passers, taking them to area banks to cash the checks, waiting in the car to split the proceeds.

"Mr. Marsh was involved in a ring of illegal activity that utilized counterfeit checks to bilk area banks out hundreds of thousands of dollars," Attorney General Curran said. "As a result of our joint law enforcement effort with the U. S. Secret Service , we were able to convict him and 12 others for their roles in this scheme."

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