Fraudster convicted of using false identity files appeal

Published 11-30-2018

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man convicted in 2012 of stealing the identities of 38,000 people in a massive credit card scheme is appealing a separate conviction in North Dakota for lying about his own identify.

A federal jury earlier this month found Michael Adeyemo guilty of obstruction of justice. Jurors said in verdict forms that Adeyemo lied about his name, date of birth and other parts of his background.

Defense attorney Ronald Hettich is asking for an acquittal or new trial. Among his complaints, Hettich says jury instructions flatly stated that Adeyemo had created a false identity when that was disputed by testimony during trial.

The original case wound up in North Dakota because U.S. Bank, one of the victims, is based in Fargo. Adeyemo was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

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