Bank Fraudster Sentenced to Two Years

Deposited Stolen or Forged Checks in His Bank Accounts Resulting in Loss of $127,000

May 27, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Thompson Adekunle, age 43, of New York, New York, today to two years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for bank fraud arising from the deposit of stolen or forged checks into bank accounts he controlled, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Adekunle faces deportation to Nigeria after serving his prison term.

According to his guilty plea, in October and November 2006, Adekunle fraudulently deposited checks stolen from mailboxes in Ellicott City, Maryland in the amounts of $47,560 and $49,300 into bank accounts he controlled, from which he received approximately $47,000 and attempted to receive additional funds. He also negotiated stolen or fraudulent checks using one or more aliases into other banks accounts he held in fictitious names, resulting in additional losses of $80,000. Adekunle’s participation in the scheme resulted in a total loss of $127,000.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for its investigative work and commended Assistant United States Attorney James G. Warwick, who prosecuted the case.



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