Las Vegas Man Sentenced To Prison For Fraud Scheme Targeting Church Funds | USAO-NV

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LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas man was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro to 45 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a conspiracy to fraudulently obtain money from accounts held by members of the Pension Fund of the Christian Church and the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.

Oluremi Akinleye (42) pleaded guilty in June 2022 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, possession of 15 or more counterfeit and unauthorized access devices, and aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, from November 2017 to July 2018, Akinleye and his co-conspirators conspired to fraudulently obtain money from pension accounts held by members of the Pension Fund of the Christian Church and the Lutheran Church Extension Fund by impersonating those members. The funds provide pension and retirement systems for members of the religious community, including ministers. As part of the scheme, Akinleye and his co-conspirators obtained the names and personal identifying information of account holders, and then used that information to make withdrawals and transfers from the victim accounts to accounts the conspirators controlled. As a result of the scheme, Akinleye and his co-conspirators attempted to fraudulently obtain over $400,000 from the two funds.

U.S. Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Spencer L. Evans for the FBI made the announcement.

The FBI investigated the case; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Fang prosecuted the case.

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