Judge turns down appeal in credit card fraud caseFARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge has rejected an appeal by a Toronto man convicted in a large-scare credit card fraud case tried in North Dakota.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge has rejected an appeal by a Toronto man convicted in a large-scare credit card fraud case tried in North Dakota.
Adekunle Adetiloye (aw-duh-KUHN-lee aw-duh-tuh-LOH'-ee) pleaded guilty earlier to mail fraud and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Authorities say he stole the identities of about 38,000 people and bilked companies out of about $1.5 million.
The defendant claims the sentence was unfair because a judge determined he was the leader of the conspiracy. Adetiloye says he was a mid-level player in the operation.
U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson rejected the motion. He says case law states that there can be more than one leader or organizer of a conspiracy, and that person doesn't have to be the mastermind of the scheme to qualify for a stiffer sentence.