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May 29, 2009

NIGERIAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR MAIL FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT

(HOUSTON) - Rasheed Babatunde Kayode, 49, of Houston, has been sentenced to 235 months in federal prison following his convictions for mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and fraud in the procurement of naturalized U.S. citizenship, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Kayode was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $73,940.08 to credit card companies and banks that were defrauded in the scheme. The court ordered that Kayode’s U.S. citizenship be revoked and it is expected he will be deported upon the completion of his prison term.

On May 12, 2008, U.S. Postal Inspectors obtained a federal search warrant authorizing the search of Kayode’s residence in Houston, at which time  numerous items were found and seized. The vast majority of the items were located in a locked office next to the master bedroom. During a search of the office, a large amount of additional credit cards still inside their mailing envelope were found in addition to more than 150 credit cards in names other then the defendant that were hidden in different areas, such as in the pockets of clothes and in the closet. Authorities also seized hundreds of credit reports for various individuals that contained names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of the victims as well as several hundred letters, credit card pre-approvals, bank statements, credit card statements and other mail in names other then the defendant. Approximately $63,000 in U.S. currency was discovered as well as an undetermined amount of foreign currency. Various forms of merchandise still in retail packaging such as flat screen televisions and laptop computers as well as numerous ATM receipts showing large cash advances from several different credit cards in names other then the defendants were found and seized.

Authorities believe Kayode was purchasing stolen mail and credit reports from others and using the information contained in them to apply for credit cards in the names of others. The fraudulently obtained cards were then used to obtain cash advances and merchandise. 

This case was investigated by inspectors of the United States Postal Inspection Service and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Hileman.    

 

 

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