FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY - September 5, 2008
BROTHERS SENTENCED IN IDENTITY THEFT CASE
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced LUKUMON ADEBAYO KEHINDE, 29, of Clinton, Maryland, to 24 months’ imprisonment followed by one year of supervised release and imposed restitution in the amount of $14,311. His brother, AKOREDE MUSEDIKU KEHINDE, 24, of Raleigh, North Carolina, received 14 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release and had $14,311 in restitution imposed.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on September 19, 2007. On July 7, 2008, both brothers pled guilty; LUKUMON to aggravated identity theft and AKOREDE to conspiracy to commit access device fraud and fraudulent use of access devices. In June, 2006, information was received by the United States Postal Inspection Service that a vacant house in Raleigh was being used as a mail drop. Numerous pieces of mail were intercepted including a Bank of America credit card statement, a credit card statement from Chase Bank and an unactivated Chase Bank credit card. Through charges made to credit cards and a PayPal account, the investigation led to the KEHINDE brothers. It was determined that fraudulent use of credit cards amounted to $14,300.11.
Mr. Holding stated, “This office will continue to vigorously prosecute identity theft cases. However, the best defense to avoid having your identity stolen is to actively monitor your financial accounts. Review your bank statements for any fraudulent activity and periodically request your credit score.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Gaston Williams served as prosecutor for the government.
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