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Alpharetta, Johns Creek Men Sentenced in Bank Fraud

An Atlanta man obtained account information and impersonated account holders, passing information along for other defendants to use to take money out of bank accounts.

Five defendants – including one from Alpharetta and another from Johns Creek – were sentenced today and last Thursday for using fake driver’s licenses to withdraw almost $1.5 million from victims’ bank accounts.  The defendants were convicted of conspiracy, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft after pleading guilty.

  • Orlon Hall, 32, of Alpharetta, was sentenced to 5 years, 10 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $698,943.31 in restitution.
  • Donish Adkins, 35, of Johns Creek, was sentenced to 5 years, 3 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $527,293.31 in restitution.

Court documents and U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates revealed that from February 2010 through August 2011, Gafar O. Kosoko Balogun ran an identity theft scheme in Atlanta that targeted various banks, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, SunTrust, and BB&T.  He obtained individuals' financial account information, credit reports, business information and tax identification numbers.

Balogun would then call the bank and impersonate the true account holder to find out the account balance of the victim.  

Donish Adkins, Orlon Hall, Christian Okafor and Wayne Cunningham were given the information, and they recruited “runners” to go into the banks and withdraw money from the victims’ accounts.  Balogun supplied fake driver’s licenses to the runners, which they used to impersonate the account holders while in the banks. In addition to recruiting co-conspirators, Cunningham also entered banks and made withdrawals from victims’ accounts.

After paying the runners about $500 per transaction, the defendants shared the remainder of the criminal proceeds.  The investigation has linked more than $2.7 million in actual and attempted withdrawals from more than 60 accounts to the scheme. The defendants succeeded in getting more than $1.4 million from these accounts.

U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. sentenced Balogun, Adkins, Hall and Cunningham on Jan. 31, and sentenced Okafor today:

  • Gafar O. Kosoko Balogun, 30, of Atlanta, was sentenced to 6 years, 6 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $1,485,660.68 in restitution.
  • Wayne Cunningham, 53, of College Park, was sentenced to 7 years, 3 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $46,860 in restitution.
  • Christian Okafor, 36, of Duluth, was sentenced to 3 years, 10 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $97,030.99 in restitution.

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