Credit card ring stole millions, had “legitimate” link to data

An international ring of credit card thieves with enough skill to accumulate 37 stolen cards from the mail and elsewhere is broken up this week as police display their expensive clothes, watches and toys. Two men are in custody and police are seeking a third. They say the three used identity theft and fraud to fund a lavish lifestyle that included $10,000 crocodile shoes and $150,000 watches in the process of filching $10 million from individuals, banks and foreign victims. During the operation police seized the fraudulently-obtained credit cards, hundreds of pieces of stolen mail and a series of notebooks containing the handwritten identity information of approximately 5,000 GTA residents.

“LEGITIMATE” ACCESS

Information in stolen mail and in those notebooks was the starting point for the investigation, dubbed Project Royal. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Competition Bureau of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, the Ontario Ministry of Finance, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service were all involved. Cops are careful not to give away their case but it appears that the man whose mug shot appears above, Adekunle Johnson Omitiran, 37, of Toronto, was instrumental in obtaining information. They think he had ties to people with “legitimate” access to identity information. Those people, police allege, sold information to Omitiran. Police are still seeking names. Another accused, Adedayo Ogundana, 45, also known as Oladipupo Ogund, of Toronto, also faces charges of fraud and possession of stolen property.  A warrant has been issued for Duro Akintola, 44, also known as Michie Noah, of Toronto. Emmanuel Salako, 47, of Toronto, also known as Gee Salaq, has been indicted by the United States Postal Inspection Service in Chicago under the name George Salako. He is wanted in the U.S.

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