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Madison man charged with using foreign embassy banking information

MADISON (WKOW) — A pair of crimes which sound like they could be the plot of a James Bond movie could land a Madison man in prison for 20 years.

Ahmad Kanan, 48, is charged in federal court with twice using the bank account and routing number of a foreign embassy in to “obtain things of value,” according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office from the Western District of Wisconsin. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 10 years for each crime.

The first use of the routing and account numbers allegedly occurred between July 21 and Dec. 21 of 2017. In that instance he is accused of trying “to obtain things of value totaling approximately $191,836,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

On Dec. 21, 2017 Kanan allegedly again tried using an embassy’s banking information for monetary gain, this time for an amount valued by prosecutors at over $35,000.

Kanan’s charging came about after an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Office of Criminal Investigation.

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