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JULY 23, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAN USING SEVERAL ALIASES CONVICTED IN SOCIAL SECURITY AND BANK FRAUD SCHEME
Used Multiple Social Security Numbers to Obtain Maryland Driver’s Licenses and Bank Loans
Baltimore, Maryland - A federal jury today convicted Vince Akins a/k/a Olugbenga Junior Akinkunmi, a/k/a Vincent Akinkunmi Gbenga, a/k/a Akinkunmi Vince Olugbanga, a/k/a Vincent Akinkunmi, age 44, of Laurel, Maryland of bank fraud and using a fraudulent social security number, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to evidence presented at trial, in April 1986 Akins applied for and received a valid social security number, using his true date and place of birth. Akins then applied for and received two additional social security numbers in 1992 and 1994 using variations of his name, a fraudulent date of birth, fraudulent places of birth, and other false personal information. Akins used these fraudulent social security numbers to obtain multiple Maryland and Virginia driver’s licenses and identification cards and to apply for credit from banks and other financial institutions. In addition, Akins prepared false income tax returns and forms using false income information in order to qualify for extensions of credit.
In addition to finding Akins guilty on all nine counts, the jury also voted to forfeit the real property Akins purchased with a fraudulently obtained $174,000 line of credit and the Mercedes CL500 purchased with a fraudulently obtained $50,000 installment loan.
Akins faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for bank fraud and 5 years in prison for fraudulent use of a social security number. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz ordered that Akins be detained until his sentencing on October 5, 2007 at 9:00 a.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamera L. Fine, who is prosecuting the case.