Indianapolis Man Sentenced For Stealing Thousands Of Dollars In Covid-19 Unemployment Benefits

Wagswoofs – An Indianapolis man has been sentenced to prison after admitting to stealing over $800,000 in COVID-19 pandemic unemployment benefits.

Temitope Adeboye, aged 32, has been sentenced to 57 months in prison, which is just over 4.5 years, after pleading guilty to various charges including wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. This news comes from a press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana. In addition to his prison term, Adeboye will also serve three years of probation and is required to pay $804,460.54 in restitution.

According to the release, it was stated that Adeboye acquired and utilized several unemployment debit cards from the state of Nevada under the names of individuals who had fallen victim to identity theft. To obtain money orders and other valuable items, Adeboye employed counterfeit identification documents in the names of the identity theft victims.

Adeboye utilized the money orders, which were acquired through the misappropriated unemployment benefits, to procure a Lexus, as stated in the release.

In August, Adeboye faced arrest by officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for driving with a suspended license. During the search of the vehicle, the officers discovered a staggering 96 unemployment debit cards issued by the state of Nevada, all bearing different names. Additionally, they came across numerous money orders amounting to a total of $76,680.

According to officials, Adeboye was found to possess approximately 32 counterfeit driver’s licenses from Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Furthermore, it has been reported that the fraudulent debit cards were utilized in over 5,000 transactions across multiple retailers and financial institutions.

“As the pandemic raged across the country in 2020, fraudsters embraced the motto, ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste.’ While countless individuals experienced tremendous grief as loved ones passed away and the strain of isolation grew, this defendant saw an opportunity to steal money and identities,” Zachary A. Myers, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, said in the release. “The Department of Justice and our partners in federal, state, and local law enforcement are committed to identifying and prosecuting the criminals who took advantage of the global crisis to scheme and steal. This prison sentence demonstrates that these thieves will have a price to pay in federal court.”

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