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Published on May 27, 2024
D.C. Woman and Maryland Man Indicted on Federal Charges for Alleged $148K Government Fund LaunderingSource: Google Street View

A D.C. woman and a Maryland man find themselves in the grips of the law, indicted on charges for allegedly laundering over $148,000 of pilfered government funds. The United States Attorney's Office let fly the details of the charges involving a scheme to rob social security recipients and other government entities, swapping stolen riches between accounts before the feds put a pin in the operation.

Unsealed in U.S. District Court, the indictment bore the names of Roliat Abosede Owosho, branded "Rolash," and Afeez Olamide Lawal, known on the street as "Fizzy." Released after their initial court appearances, the duo stands accused of funneling funds from as far back as January 1, 2018, through January 31, 2021. According to a recent announcement by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and other authorities, Owosho and Lawal's personal accounts swelled with pilfered social security payments and unemployment benefits that were not theirs by any honest measure.

The indictment also fingers Owosho for running what prosecutors call an unlicensed money-transmitting venture. Circulating funds on behalf of anonymous others, Owosho allegedly shrugged off the legal need to register with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Lawal's story is painted with similar brushstrokes, a portrait of unlawfully shuffling money without the government's go-ahead or the rightful owners' say-so.

The lights of justice are shined on this case by the Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Capitol Police. Front row in the courtroom audience is Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Lucas, backed by the nimble hands of Paralegal Specialist Lisa Abbe from the Fraud, Public Corruption, and Civil Rights Section. But while these allegations loom large, the defendants wear the cloak of innocence—a presumption they are swaddled in until proven otherwise.