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Lanham Man Sentenced to 54 Months in Prison for Credit Card Fraud Scheme with Losses of More Than $100,000 in Three Months

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Rasheed Adedokun, age 26, of Lanham, Maryland, today to 54 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for use of unauthorized access devices, aggravated identity theft, and possession of device making equipment, arising from a scheme to use the personal identifying information, credit card and debit card numbers of victims to purchase goods and services worth more than $100,000.  Judge Messitte also entered an order requiring Adedokun to pay restitution of $107,403.61.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge James Murray of the United States Secret Service - Washington Field Office; Interim Chief Henry P. Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department; Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; and Chief Murray “Jay” Farr of the Arlington County, Virginia Police Department.

According to Adedokun’s plea agreement, on May 14, 2009, he used the credit/debit card of Victim 1 to make over $1,200 in unauthorized purchases in just a few days.  On July 11, 2009, Adedokun and three co-conspirators were captured on store surveillance cameras making unauthorized purchases totaling $7,799.10 using the credit/debit cards of nine other victims.  On August 5, 2009, Adedokun was arrested by Maryland State Police.  Troopers recovered 17 debit cards in Adedokun’s pants pockets and an additional 63 debit cards were found at his residence.  Examination of the cards revealed that 18 of the cards’ magnetic strips had been re-encoded with victims’ credit card account information.  During a search of Adedokun’s residence, law enforcement also recovered four pages of Social Security Administration screen printouts containing the names and Social Security numbers of 34 individuals, a credit card encoding machine and a computer. A forensic examination of the computer revealed a software program designed to check the validity of a given credit card number, and additional files that contained the names and credit/debit card account numbers that appeared to be assigned to other co-conspirators.

Adedokun was responsible for losses of $107,403.61. Four other co-conspirators have pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme and are awaiting sentencing. Adetokunbo Babatunde was sentenced to 30 months incarceration and restitution in the amount of $107,403.61.  Ridwan Kekere-Ekun was sentenced to one year and one day and restitution in the amount of $107,403.61. Two others are awaiting sentencing. A fifth co-conspirator also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay restitution of $35,000.

Today’s announcement is part of the efforts undertaken in connection with the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.  The task force was established to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes.  With more than 20 federal agencies, 94 U.S. attorneys’ offices, and state and local partners, it’s the broadest coalition of law enforcement, investigatory and regulatory agencies ever assembled to combat fraud.  Since its formation, the task force has made great strides in facilitating increased investigation and prosecution of financial crimes; enhancing coordination and cooperation among federal, state and local authorities; addressing discrimination in the lending and financial markets; and conducting outreach to the public, victims, financial institutions and other organizations.  Since fiscal year 2009, the Justice Department has filed over 18,000 financial fraud cases against more than 25,000 defendants.  For more information on the task force, please visit

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the U.S. Secret Service, Prince George’s County Police Department, Maryland State Police, and the Arlington County, Virginia Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan E. Foreman and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer L. Wine, who are prosecuting the case.

Updated February 3, 2016

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