2 of 5 men charged in Ohio Turnpike credit-card scheme plead guilty
WARREN — Two of the five men arrested during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike in Braceville Township Nov. 12 have pleaded guilty to reduced charges related to making fake identification and credit cards.
Zakaria O. Warsame, 35, of Columbus, pleaded guilty today before Judge Peter Kontos to one count of complicity to identity fraud and one count of possessing criminal tools.
Jibril M. Abdiselam, 24, of Seattle, pleaded guilty to one count of forgery and one count of complicity to identity fraud.
They will be sentenced later.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol made the stop because of driving violations. The officer smelled marijuana, which led to a search of the car, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
The search turned up a scanner, embosser and other tools used to make fake cards. Marijuana also was found, the patrol said.
Warsame and Abdiselam will be sentenced in about four weeks, after the county Adult Probation Department conducts a pre-sentence investigation into their backgrounds.
They could each get up to two years in prison or probation.
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