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September 25, 2009

Identity thief ordered to pay $3.2 million in restitution

A New York identity thief was ordered to pay $3.2 million in restitution.  Yomi Jagunna will also serve 141 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit identity theft.

Why so much for one mere count of identity theft, you might ask?  Because Jagunna had an account with a commercial database in the name of a collection agency that he then used to sell Social Security numbers to co-conspirators for $30 a piece.  Yep, just $30.  His co-conspirators then used the SSNs to make fraudulent withdrawals from the victims' bank accounts, netting no telling how much thanks to Jagunna.

Jagunna is one of eight charged in the identity theft conspiracy.  Six others have also pled guilty.  The last is awaiting trial.

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