IGUOSADE OSAHON HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO THREE TO NINE YEARS IN STATE PRISON

Defendant Compromised the Identities of More Than 750 People Across the U.S.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of IGUOSADE OSAHON, 28, to three to nine years in state prison, for stealing more than $500,000 by exploiting stolen identity information over a three-year period. OSAHON was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of approximately $250,000, and also forfeited $50,000 worth of assets in the form of cash and vehicles. On December 8, 2010, OSAHON pleaded guilty to the top four counts in the indictment: Computer Tampering in the First Degree, Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Identity Theft in the First Degree, and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree.

“Over the course of three years, the defendant carried out a sophisticated online identity theft scheme that netted him a small personal fortune,” said District Attorney Vance. “He then proceeded to squander the funds he stole from more than 750 hard-working individuals on jewelry, watches, designer goods and electronics. This case truly demonstrates how the united efforts of law enforcement authorities and financial institutions can help bring a cybercriminal to justice.”

OSAHON was the target of a joint investigation by the New York County District Attorney’s Office Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau and the New York/New Jersey Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF) of the United States Secret Service. The investigation revealed that beginning in November 2007, OSAHON began compiling the personal identification information of his victims from a variety of sources, including online data traffickers. OSAHON stole the names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of more than 750 individuals to obtain at least 800 credit reports from the websites of the principal three credit reporting bureaus – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – as well as other web-based portals, which he in turn used to perpetrate a variety of identity theft scams.

District Attorney Vance thanked Assistant District Attorney Ehren Reynolds, who handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney David Szuchman, Chief of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau. Investigative Analyst Michelle Moy assisted in the investigation, as well as Senior Forensic Examiner Richard Brittson. The District Attorney’s Investigation Bureau assisted in the investigation, under the supervision of Chief John Bilich and Assistant Chief Walter Alexander.

District Attorney Vance also thanked the Global Security and Investigations Team at Chase Bank, particularly Vice President and Chief Engineer, Strategic Engineering, Tools, and Infrastructure Jon Lucenius; the Corporate Investigations group at TransUnion and TransUnion Interactive; Brian Parr, Special-Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the United States Secret Service; the New York/New Jersey Electronic Crimes Task Force of the United States Secret Service, particularly Special Agents Ari Baranoff, ECTF Supervisor, and Lead Investigator Timothy Williams; and investigators from Bank of America, Capital One, Wachovia, Equifax, and Experian.



Defendant Information:

IGUOSADE OSAHON, D.O.B. 6/24/82
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Convicted:

Computer Tampering in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count
Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count
Identity Theft in the First Degree, a class D felony, one count
Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, one count

Sentence:

Three to nine years in state prison
$249,941 in restitution

$50,000 worth of asset forfeiture

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