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Local charges dropped in credit card scam

Three accused of stealing information, then using numbers to buy large amounts of cigarettes

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- A judge dismissed charges against three people accused of running a credit card scam because federal authorities indicted the defendants last month.

Authorities charged Idriss Gabissi Mansary, Mamadou Dian Moucdar Diallo, Mamadou Bobo Bah, Ansumana Jawara and Ibrahima Doukoure with offenses related to a scheme which involved stealing credit card information and then using the numbers to buy large amounts of cigarettes. Court documents indicate the defendants executed the scheme in mid-December and police arrested several of them during one of the attempted transactions.

A grand jury in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg on March 15 indicted all five defendants on federal charges.

None of the defendants appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court as scheduled on Monday. Commonwealth's Attorney Amanda Wiseley asked Judge W. Dale Houff to dismiss the local charges against the defendants because of the recent federal indictments. Houff granted the motions.

Locally authorities had charged Mansary, indicted in federal court as Ishmail Bah, of Pinellas, Fla., with four counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, three counts of receiving goods by fraud, two counts of credit card forgery and one count of credit card fraud. Diallo, of 3320 Hampton Point Drive, Silver Spring, Md., had been charged with two counts of obtaining credit card information and one county of petty larceny. The judge dismissed two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses as a principal in the second degree, receiving goods by fraud and credit card fraud against Jawara, of Paris, France.

The judge dismissed charges of credit card fraud, conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretenses and obtaining credit card information against Mamadou Bah, of New York, N.Y. Local court records show Mamadou Bah remains charged in the county with one count each of attempting to obtain a fictitious identification and obtaining credit card information both of which occurred on Dec. 21.

Doukoure, of Greenbelt, Md., remains charged in the local court with one count of obtaining money by false pretenses as a principal in the second degree.

The five defendants remain held in federal custody, according to online court documents. U.S. Magistrate Judge James G. Welsh granted bond to Diallo at a hearing on Thursday.

However, that same day the court ruled the motion for bond moot because Immigration and Customs Enforcement lodged a detainer with the U.S. Marshals' office against Diallo, court records show.

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