Two Nigerians in Toronto , Canada were arrested by the Canadian police on May 9th 2017, while two others were declared wanted for identity theft and fraud amounting to over $10 million. as claimed by Police. Police said that four suspects used the funds they got from identity theft to fund a lavish lifestyle that included $10,000 crocodile skin shoes and $150,000 watches.
Canadian authorities made this known in a statement released on Tuesday. sSuspects were disclosed to be: Adedayo Ogundana, 45, also known as Oladipupo Ogund; Adekunle Johnson Omitiran, 37; Duro Akintola, 44, of Toronto, who is also known as Michie Noah; and Emmanuel Salako, 47, who is also known as Gee Salaq.
Toronto police arrested Ogundana and Omitiran , according to police, they began this investigation in 2016. They executed a search on April 24 at a Yorkville condominium believed to be under the control of Adekunle, where they said that, they found some evidence. Items seized during the investigation include 37 stolen credit cards, hundreds of pieces of presumably stolen mail, and a number of notebooks containing the personal information of at least 5,000 GTA residents. Police also found $39,000 in cash, $310,000 worth of watches and about $390,000 worth of clothing, jewelry, accessories and liquor.
A warrant was later issued for Akintola and Salako. Salako has also been indicted by the United States Postal Inspection Service in Chicago . Ogundana was arrested on December 13, 2016, and has been charged with two counts of fraud of over $5,000; 10 counts of fraud under $5,000; possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000; and possession of proceeds of crime. Omitiran surrendered to police on April 27. He is charged with fraud of over $5,000; four counts of fraud under $5,000; two counts of identity theft; trafficking identity information; possession of credit cards obtained by crime; possession of proceeds of crime; and failure to comply with probation.
Ogundana appeared in court on Thursday May 11/2017 while Omitiran will appear in court on Friday (today) . Police believe that Omitiran had ties to people with “legitimate” access to identity information who sold information to him. They are trying to track down those people.
“Thousands of individuals across the GTA have had their information compromised,” said Det. Const. Mike Kelly.