A Jersey City man was sentenced Monday to more than 2 years in prison for his role in a $450,000 bank fraud scheme that used phony passports and IRS refund checks.

Mamadou Diallo, 44, previously pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud conspiracy and one count of false use of a passport. He was sentenced to three years of supervised release after completing the 27 months term in federal prison.

The scam spanned six years and involved other co-conspirators, authorities said.

They created false passports by affixing their own pictures onto passports bearing others’ names, according to court documents. They opened bank accounts using the doctored passports as photo identification, deposited fraudulent IRS refund checks and withdrew the funds from ATM and teller terminals.

In addition to the prison term, Diallo was ordered to pay $150,052 in restitution.

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