A former Indiana Department of Correction officer has been indicted by a federal jury for committing wire fraud and making false declarations in a federal lawsuit.
Kwame Abdul-Haqq, 52, Anderson, was indicted by a federal jury in Indianapolis on six counts of wire fraud, two counts of making false statements on a loan or credit application and one count of making false declarations before the court.
The Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana said Abdul-Haqq, who had legally changed his name from Robert Borum in 1993, and lied about and failed to disclose his criminal history under that name when he applied for a job with the DOC as a correctional officer. He has a lengthy criminal history in New York, including convictions for attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery and burglary, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Abdul-Haqq worked for the DOC for nearly eight years, and the wire fraud counts are based on the last six wire transfers of his wages from the IDOC to his bank account.
The two counts of making false statements on a loan or credit application stem from two applications to refinance his mortgage through the Federal Housing Administration in which he falsely stated he was living in the home when in fact he was renting it to another person.
In December 2012, officials say he perjured himself when he made false statements about his income to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on an application to file a lawsuit against the DOC without paying filing fees.
He faces up to 30 years in prison for each false statement charge relating to the loan applications; up to 20 years on each wire fraud count, and up to five years on the perjury count.