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Nigerian National Sentenced to 102 Months in Prison for Role in Airline Ticket Scam

Media-Newswire.com) – WASHINGTON – Ademola Ismaila Adegoke, 43, of Accra, Ghana, was sentenced today to 102 months in prison for using stolen credit card numbers to steal more than $400,000 from U.S. citizens, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride for the Eastern District of Virginia; Todd Brown, Special Agent in Charge of Diplomatic Security’s Washington Field Office; Jeffrey Irvine, Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service’s Washington Field Office; and Stephen L. Holl, Chief of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department.

U.S. District Court Judge Liam O’Grady also ordered Adegoke to serve two years of supervised release following his prison term. The defendant has agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $696,026. Adegoke pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft on July 30, 2010.

According to court documents, Adegoke is a Nigerian national who was living in Accra. Adegoke used local Internet cafes in Accra to access e-mail accounts and Voice over IP ( VOIP ) services, which made it appear that he was calling from the United States even though he was physically in Ghana. He used e-mail and VOIP to purchase stolen credit card information online and then used those numbers to purchase airline tickets from travel agencies in the United States and Canada, as well as directly from airlines.

Adegoke sent e-mail or faxed copies of fraudulent passports and drivers licenses as well as images of credit cards with the stolen credit card number transposed over a blank card to the travel agency or airline. According to court documents, if he was able to convince the travel agency or airline to issue a ticket, he would call back, speak to the same agent, and purchase additional tickets for customers who would pay him a fraction of the cost of the full fare. In all, Adegoke purchased more than 5,000 stolen credit card numbers and was responsible for more than $400,000 in losses as a result of this scheme.

On May 5, 2010, the Ghanaian Police, in cooperation with U.S. law enforcement, arrested Adegoke in Accra. Adegoke was extradited from Ghana to the United States, where he arrived on June 28, 2010.

This case was investigated by the Department of State Diplomatic Security Service, the U.S. Secret Service and the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority. Michael Stawasz, Senior Counsel in the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Eisinger prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs provided significant assistance in this matter.

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November 8, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

3 Comments »

  1. How would you know if your identity was stolen? In some cases, you may not discover it for months. However, there are early warning signs you should watch for such as:

    Your credit card statement or bank statement does not arrive in the mail as expected. (An identity thief may have submitted a change of address notice to your financial agency so you do not detect the charges he or she placed on your cards.)

    Comment by ID Theft Prevention | November 8, 2010 | Reply

  2. Marie Elizabeth Register’s son Michael Lee Wells is a well known narcissist sociopath! Many have been scammed by the renowned Michael Lee Wells of Goldsboro North Carolina formally from Rose Hill North Carolina, Dudley North Carolina, and Georgia and claims to residency in Germany. Michael Lee Wells ongoing claims to fame to include, Police and/or Law Enforcement Officer, Army and/or Military Officer, Wealthy Internet Businessman, owner and CEO, College Graduate with multiple degrees, Secret Agent with high level security clearances. Alleged possible associations with domestic and foreign fraudulent internet activity scams. Previous and current internet associations, FRandT, FR&T, frandt, MLW & Associates, MLW & Associates, LLP, Goldsboro Web Designs, Goldsboro Web Development Group, VRAUL / vraul, mytekweb, Home of Michael Lee Wells and many more. Most names posted as associates on his webpages are fictitious with the exception of Kimberly Colleen Wells, his wife. Michael Lee Well’s mother Marie Elizabeth Register, aka Marie Elizabeth Register Wells is currently incarcerated within the Cumberland County, North Carolina detention center for alleged internet fraudulent activities, bond set at 77 thousand US dollars. His mother allegedly committed a $500,000.00 dollars internet scheme that the US Secret Service, FBI and Fayetteville Police Department and /or Agencies respectfully intervened and made appropriate arrest according to local and federal statutes. This can be review via the following links to WRAL and the newsobserver.com reporting agencies.

    Michael Lee Wells of Goldsboro said his mother met a man via computer and began an online relationship. He said she has had a tough time recently, going through a divorce and losing her mother.

    Investigators said they believe Marie Elizabeth Register, who works in the lending business, was a willing accomplice in the scam and other suspects have not been excluded. She ordered items online and had them shipped to a fake address in Fayetteville, they said.

    Police have found 2,630 checks so far that they have linked to the scam, with a total value of $7.1 million. They are still trying to determine whether the scam has ties to terrorist activity.
    To date and currently Marie Elizabeth Register remains in the Cumberland County jail under a $77,000 secured bond.

    Comment by Carole | May 11, 2011 | Reply

    • UPDATE:
      MARIE ELIZABETH REGISTER WELLS IS NOW MARIE ELIZABETH REGISTER GRANTHAM or MARIE REGISTER GRANTHAM

      UPDATE:
      MICHAEL LEE WELLS IS ASKING FOR DONATIONS AS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION VIA HIS FB

      Comment by Scammer Wells | September 26, 2014 | Reply


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