June 11, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Pair accused of running international car scam face up to 10 years in prison

Detroit — A man and woman allegedly involved in an international stolen car export scam were charged with possession of stolen vehicles in 36th District Court on Wednesday.

According to Khaalid Walls of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Adams Amen, 29, of Ghana, and Ayeesha Amen, 37, of Detroit, were arrested Tuesday. Both face up to 10 years in prison.

Agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations arrested the two at a residence on the east side of Detroit and seized two stolen vehicles.

The pair allegedly used stolen identities and credit cards to obtain vehicles from auto dealerships throughout the United States. They would then ship the cars to buyers primarily in Ghana before unsuspecting dealers could detect the fraud and report the vehicles stolen.

Adams Amen, a national of Ghana, entered the country legally on a tourist visa in May.

The arrests follow a year-long probe by Homeland Security Investigations, the Macomb Auto Theft Squad, the Clinton Township Police and the Wayne County Action Task Force.

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