Brooklyn man sentenced to three years in prison for 'Comcheck' fraud scheme

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Brooklyn man was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to repay more than $1.5 million for his role in a conspiracy that fraudulently lifted more than $1.7 million from trucking companies.

Dilshod “Dema” Sidikov, 26, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was sentenced to 37 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster on Tuesday, May 27 in U.S. District Court of Northern Ohio. Sidikov pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering on Jan. 24.

Sidikov is one of 26 defendants who have been found guilty of crimes related to the conspiracy, according to the Northern Ohio U.S. Attorney’s office.

According to court records, from February of 2011 through November of 2012, Sidikov and the other conspirators obtained account numbers and codes used by independent trucking companies to wire money to the companies’ drivers.

The indictment states that Sidikov and other unknown co-conspirators obtained account numbers and codes used by trucking companies to issue checks through electronic fund processing companies such as Fleet One, Comdata and TCH without the knowledge or consent of the trucking companies. Sidikov would then provide the stolen account numbers and codes to the co-defendants, who traveled to truck stops in Ohio and elsewhere and posed as truck drivers, using the stolen account numbers and codes to obtain checks from EFP processing centers.

Court records indicate checks were obtained by the defendants for amounts ranging from $180 to $999. At least one check from Sept. 16, 2011, was for $2,000, authorized by MoneyGram and obtained in Austinburg, Ohio.

In total, the defendants fraudulently obtained a gross amount of more than $1.7 million, according to court documents.

From about February 2011, and continuing to on or about November 2012, Sidikov and other  defendants conspired to launder money by transferring the proceeds of this scheme overseas to Russia and Uzbekistan, and then back to the United States, according to the indictment.

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