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Nigerian Man Sentenced for Large Credit Card Fraud Scheme

Courtesy U.S. Attorney`s Office – District of N.D. | 1/23/2012
A Nigerian man charged with one of the largest and most complex credit card schemes in North Dakota history was sentenced today. Adekunle Olufemi Adetiloye, 40, a citizen of Nigeria and resident of Canada, was sentenced to 17 years and 10 months in federal prison for the crime.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon said, “The sentence imposed today should send a strong message to those who would seek to scam the citizens and businesses of North Dakota and the United States. We take the growing problem of foreign financial fraud seriously here and seeking justice for the victims of such crimes is a priority for our office.”

On Feb. 16 Adetiloye pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud both financial institutions and individuals. out of money. Adetiloye was living in Toronto, Canada from before Jan. 2005 until he was extradited to the U.S. in May 2010. During that time, Adetiloye funded a lavish lifestyle by conducting, with others, a massive fraud scheme accomplished by executing tens of thousands of fraudulent acts against individual people, financial institutions, commercial data providers, merchants, commercial mailbox companies and state agencies.

Adetiloye`s scheme compromised the personal and private information of approximately 38,000 American citizens. The scheme involved tens of thousands of acts of illegal conduct throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and England.

Adetiloye and his co-conspirators fraudulently obtained the personal identification information from commercial data providers, such as LexisNexis and ChoicePoint, and with that information assumed the identities of those unsuspecting people to open credit card and other bank accounts at U.S. Bank and 20 other banks across the United States. He used well over 100 different mail box addresses throughout the United States as well as approximately 100 different phone numbers with area codes representing all parts of the United States.

Many of the 38,000 people whose identities were compromised filed statements with the Court detailing the disruption and chaos they experienced as a result of this fraud.

Along with the prison term, Adetiloye will be on supervised release for three years.

A hearing regarding restitution and forfeiture has been scheduled for Feb. 15, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Fargo, at 9:00 a.m.


January 24, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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