Five defendants – including one from Johns Creek and another from Alpharetta – were sentenced Monday 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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, credit report and other business information, including 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.
The runners about $500 per transaction, leaving the remainder of the criminal proceeds to the defendants. More than $2.7 million in actual and attempted withdrawals from more than 60 accounts to the scheme have been linked in the investigation. 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.