Two men from New York have been sentenced in connection with fraudulent cigarette purchases in Lycoming County.
19-year-old Araphan Traore and 20-year-old Ousmane Barry were found guilty of receiving stolen property, access device fraud, and identification theft. They were handed their sentences in Lycoming County Court. Traore was sentenced to 41 days to six months in prison, and he received credit for time served. In addition, Traore was sentenced to 18 months on probation. Traore also must pay $3,443 in restitution and perform 50 hours of community service. Barry’s sentence was identical to Traore’s sentence, and he was also given credit for time served.
Traore and Barry bought over $5,000 in cigarettes with a fraudulent credit card on Wednesday, August 24th. The purchases were made in businesses throughout Lycoming and Clinton counties. 24-year-old Mohamadou Diallo and 25-year-old Thierno Bah were also charged in connection with the crime. On September 26th, Bah was sentenced to 14 days to 12 months in prison for a receiving stolen property charge. He received credit for 15 days served. Several other charges against Bah were dismissed.
Diallo is expected to plead guilty to charges in connection with the theft on December 30th, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., in front of Judge Marc F. Lovecchio. Diallo faces the following charges: Conspiracy – Forgery – Alter Writing (3rd degree felony); Identity Theft (1st degree misdemeanor); Access Device Used To Obt Or Att Obt Prop/Service (1st degree misdemeanor); Posses Access Device Knowing Counterfeit, Altered, (3rd degree misdemeanor); Receiving Stolen Property (2nd degree misdemeanor); Theft By Decep-False Impression (2nd degree misdemeanor); and Publ, Make, See, Etc Access Device Altered, Etc (3rd degree felony). Please remember that the accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.