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.