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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-26-06 04:16 PM
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196. Here's just a bit of info regarding one of the people involved in scam
Edited on Sun Feb-26-06 04:24 PM by Emit
from a year ago:

Feb. 18, 2005

On Thursday, the only suspect so far connected to the case, Olatunji Oluwatosin, 41, pled no contest" to a single count of ID theft, according to Jane Robinson, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. Oluwatosin was sentenced to 16 months in state prison and ordered to pay a small fine. Other charges against him were dropped.


After ChoicePoint received a suspicious application for an account faxed from a Kinkos in Southern California, the company sent a responding fax requesting a new signature. Deputies who had staked out the store arrested Oluwatosin when he arrived to pick up the fax.

Oluwatosin, who is originally from Nigeria but had been living in North Hollywood, according to the Times, had been charged with six felony identity theft counts.

He told investigators at the time he was not involved in any identity theft scam and was only picking up the fax for someone else.

Edited to add, here's a more recent article:

Nigerian Sentenced in ChoicePoint ID Case
Updated: Friday, Feb. 10, 2006 - 7:59 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Nigerian national who pleaded guilty to identity theft charges related to information stolen from consumer data collector ChoicePoint Inc. was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $6.5 million in restitution.


Oluwatosin pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to commit computer access fraud and grand theft, the district attorney's office said in a statement. He was indicted by a grand jury in August 2005 on 22 counts of identity theft, conspiracy, grand theft and credit card fraud. Oluwatosin was serving a 16-month prison term for a separate identity theft case last year when he was indicted.

The charges spanned a period of more than two years beginning in January 2002. Prosecutors alleged that a fake business called "Pacific Collections" used a Beverly Hills mail drop to set up a ChoicePoint account. The process was repeated with mail drops in North Hollywood, Encino, North Hills and West Hollywood with fake businesses that accessed ChoicePoint data.


Oluwatosin, when he entered his plea, admitted stealing more than $2.5 million.


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