Dallas Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Offense in Bankruptcy-Related Case
DALLAS—Al Hakeem Muhammad, II, 26, appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan and pleaded guilty to one count of misrepresentation of a Social Security number, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Muhammad, who is on bond, faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for October 21, 2015, before U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn.
According to plea documents filed in the case, in early January 2015, Muhammad used a Social Security number that he knew was not his when he completed a credit application to fraudulently obtain a lease on an apartment located in Victory Park in Dallas.
This case represents one of the felony prosecutions of bankruptcy-related crimes generated by the recent Bankruptcy Fraud Initiative within the Northern District of Texas. Since February 2013, 12 defendants have been charged with various felony offenses as a result of criminal referrals from the U.S. Trustee Program to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Eight defendants have been convicted either following a trial or guilty plea. Five defendants have been sentenced. Three defendants are awaiting trial, and one defendant remains in fugitive status with an outstanding arrest warrant.
The FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jarvis is in charge of the prosecution.