Miami Resident Pleads Guilty to Unauthorized Possession of Stolen Identities
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and Steve Steinberg, Chief, Aventura Police Department, announce that Perized Oquieno Adams, a/k/a “Kevin Wilson,” 38, of Miami, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess fifteen or more unauthorized access devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(b)(2), and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1028A(a)(1) and 2. Sentencing is scheduled for February 9, 2015 before U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez. At sentencing, Adams faces up to five years in prison for the unauthorized access device charge, and a mandatory term of two years in prison, consecutive to any other term in prison, for the aggravated identity theft charge.
On April 30, 2014, co-defendant Charles Osasumwen Obasuyi, 39, of Miami, was sentenced to 36 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution of $110,708.77. Obasuyi previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess fifteen or more unauthorized access devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(b)(2), and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1028A(a)(1) and 2.
According to court documents, law enforcement observed the defendant approach the Chase Bank ATM machine in the Aventura Mall parking lot and conduct what appeared to be a suspicious transactions. After leaving the ATM machine, the defendant entered the passenger side of a White Chevy Equinox with heavily tinted windows. Law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and observed a white envelope on the driver, Obasuyi’s’ lap. The detectives also observed an additional white envelope in the driver’s side door of the vehicle and a bundle of $20.00 bills scattered in the center console of the vehicle. Inside of both envelopes were multiple credit/debit cards and United States currency.
When approached by law enforcement, Adams’ told the officers that his name was “Kevin Wilson”. When his identity could not be confirmed, Adams was taken into custody for obstruction of justice. During an inventory search of the vehicle, officers recovered approximately $8,900.00 in U.S currency from the vehicle and an additional $140.00 in Adams’ pocket. Officers also recovered fifteen debit cards in names other than Adams and Obasuyi and an ATM withdrawal receipt in the amount of $200 from a Regions Bank located in North Miami Beach. Adams’ fingerprints and palm prints were recovered from both envelopes.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI and the Aventura Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurice A. Johnson.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.