For their roles in a plan to steal unclaimed assets and unclaimed money ny  belonging to more than 100 New Yorkers, three persons are being prosecuted on federal charges.

According to U.S. Attorney Damian Williams, Bakare Doukoure, Lassana Sylla, and Sanneh Tunkara were detained this week and charged with mail fraud and identity theft.

The accusations came after investigations by the offices of the U.S. Attorney’s office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, as well as state comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office.From June 2012 through April 2018, or nearly six years, the alleged plan was in operation.

The comptroller’s Office of Unclaimed Funds has charged Doukoure, Sylla, and Tunkara of submitting false claims. Banks and other organisations send abandoned funds to the office, which subsequently accepts claims from those who want their money back.

According to the comptroller’s office, they must furnish personal identifying information in order to receive their payments.

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According to Unclaimed money ny  the investigation, the Office of Unclaimed Funds sent checks to about 120 payees totaling about 170. Checks were put into eight bank accounts that Doukoure or Tunkara had control over. Officials claim that these bank accounts were subsequently used to make purchases from internet databases that contain names, dates of birth, residences, and other personal public information.

Doukoure and Tunkara utilised stolen identities, including phoney driver’s licences, to commit the thefts.

Tuesday saw the arrest of Tunkara. After being made aware of the arrest warrants, Doukoure and Sylla turned themselves in.

In order to submit claims for money that did not belong to them, the defendants unconscionably stole peoples’ identities, robbing those who had unclaimed assets held by the state, according to DiNapoli.

William said, unclaimed money in ny state  according to the complaint, cheated more than 100 unwary New Yorkers out of money to which they were legally entitled and which was kept in trust by the New York State Comptroller’s Office of Unclaimed Funds. When criminals target government initiatives created to safeguard the assets of the people of this state, my office and our law enforcement partners will not sit by helplessly.”

Mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud are the charges brought against the trio. In addition, 38-year-old Tunkara of the Bronx and 54-year-old Doukoure of the Bronx were each charged with one count of aggravated identity theft.

If convicted, the alleged thieves could face long prison sentences — a maximum of 40 years, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. However, a judge will determine the length of the sentences if the defendants are found guilty.

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Q. How to find unclaimed money in NY?

Ans . Go to to search the New York State Comptroller’s website. Searching for unclaimed money is free, as is submitting a claim to do so.