Airman indicted for bank fraud stole fellow airmen’s info
An airman assigned to the 19th Medical Support Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base was indicted last week for bank fraud in a scheme that involved him stealing the identities of at least seven other people.
A copy of the indictment (pdf), provided to this site by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Arkansas, reveals that as part of his responsibilities, Robert Maina Wagura had access to rosters with personal information including names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers. He may also have acquired some personal information on other victims through other sources.
As outlined in the indictment, Wagura allegedly opened multiple accounts in each of seven victims’ names with financial institution United Services Automobile Association (USAA). In almost all cases, he seeded the accounts with fictitious deposits to open them. He would then request debit cards for each account to be sent to a location he could access. Wagura would try to withdraw funds from the accounts until they were closed by USAA for fraud.
The scheme allegedly ran from approximately January 3 until March 18 of this year. For his efforts, Wagura defrauded USAA of slightly more than $2800.00. He’s now facing fines and prison for each of the numerous counts in the indictment.