2:46 pm - Sunday November 23, 2014

Mom and Pop private investigation company helps thwart major fraud case

It all started when “Donald Douglas” came up to Anni Adkins, a co-owner of a background checks firm in New Mexico.  It all ended when Adkins helped bring down one of the largest high-tech bank robberies deemed to be the most complicated fraud investigation in U.S. History.

Donald Douglas, who in reality was a Nigerian native living in Toronto  named Adekunle Adetiloye, was one of the persons in charge of organizing the entire scheme. The scheme had stolen over 38,000 identities and bilked 600 credit card and bank accounts for a total of $1.5 million dollars.

Adetiloye (Donald), is now sitting in a Fargo jail waiting to serve an 18 year prison term after he pleaded guilty for committing mail fraud.

Adkins and Joe Hoover own Investigative Professionals LLC, for the most part, they focus on conducting background checks for individuals and companies around New Medico. They have about 450 clients, Donald was one of them. Because of the level of “customer service” they offered in the company, the duo knew almost everyone of their clients. Or so they thought.

“Donald is very presentable young man,” Adkins said of Adetiloye. “I’m sure if he had taken his talents and developed a real business, he would have done real well.”  He obviously wanted to take the bad side of life and now a judge is trying to figure out how much he needs to pay his victims.

Adetiloye was able to access personal information of others through his connection with Investigative Professionals. Prosecutors said Adetiloye used the stolen identity of Donald Douglas to obtain corporate status and a business license from the state of Delaware for Syspac Financial Services, Inc., supposedly a debt collection company. Court documents show that Adetiloye had a Donald Douglas credit card in his wallet when he was arrested in Toronto on Dec., 1, 2007, kicking off the investigation in this case.

Adetiloye was basically using the New Mexico Duo as the middle men in the operation without them even knowing about it. He would call them up, get personal information on a person, steal their identity, and then take their money. After Adkins and Hoover found out about the scam, the duo worked with the feds for about six weeks at the end of 2008 and 2009 to try and bring evidence against Adetiloye. They were able to trick Adetiloye into mailing a money order that allowed investigators to obtain his fingerprints. Adetiloye also left a voice mail message where he stated that he was sending a check to Investigative Professionals for an account. The investigators told the company that the recording was the final nail in the coffin.
The investigation continued over the upcoming years, it was discovered that Adetiloye was unemployed and was receiving limited welfare, while at the same time owning a Range Rover, it was also discovered that he was making extended trips to England, and even owned and expensive condominium. According to Greg Krier, the lead credit card fraud investigator for the US Bank said that this was one of the most complex fraud cases he has ever seen.
The investigators pointed out that Adetiloye was no where near the top of the scheme pyramid, he was an organizer but the leader was still on the lose. As of right now, the case is still under investigation but the Federal Investigators stated that they will not be discussing the case any further. The Republic

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