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Published February 23, 2012, 10:20 AM

Judge turns down appeal in credit card fraud case

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.

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.

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