- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man is accused of masterminding an identity theft and fraud scheme.

Chude Umeh, of Fargo, is charged with mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and producing a counterfeit document.

Authorities say Umeh promised money to people for installing advertising wrapping on their cars. The victims were told they would receive a check in the mail and in turn needed to send money to someone else for the materials.

Court officials say Umeh is a citizen of Nigeria who came to the United States on a student visa, which has expired. He is not currently enrolled as a student, which makes him ineligible for renewal of his visa.

Umeh is being held in jail until trial.

A defense attorney was not immediately available for comment.

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