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Lawrenceville man sentenced in bank fraud, ID theft plot

ATLANTA -- A Lawrenceville man was sentenced on Thursday after federal authorities said he conspired to defraud up to 12 bank accounts.

Brandon Lamar Young, 25, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. for what U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said was a bank fraud and identity theft plot that involved three other people.

"These defendants are being held accountable for their fraudulent conduct because of an honest citizen who refused to go along with the fraud scheme," Yates said in a news release.

Young was sentenced to serve two years, nine months in federal prison, and then three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in December.

Yates said Young between June 2011 and May 2012 bought confidential financial information relating to 12 financial accounts from Alex Dantzler for $1,800.

Dantzler worked for "Fannie Mae," in Dallas and had access to electronic loan files and other confidential financial information pertaining to Fannie Mae's customers, Yates said. Dantzler sold Young a Georgia resident's Social Security number, date of birth, driver's license number, and Bank of America account number.

Young then asked an acquaintance, Oluwashina Daniel Akinfenwa, of Marietta, to help him find a Bank of America employee who would be willing to help him take over the individual's account.

Letitia Perry, of Atlanta, was that employee, Yates said. Young and Akinfenwa then agreed to give Perry one-third of whatever money they could get out of the account.

Perry then used BofA's computer system, and on Aug. 10, 2012, deleted the account holder's telephone number and replaced it with Young's telephone number. Perry also gave Young and Akinfenwa a telephone password and other confidential information about the account.

But on Aug. 14, 2012, Young contacted another friend to impersonate the owner of the account, but that person contacted the FBI, Yates said.

Young, Akinfenwa, and Perry were arrested before they removed any money from the account, Yates said.

Akinefenwa, Perry, and Dantzler also pleaded guilty. Perry was sentenced to five months in federal prison, followed by five months of home confinement, and one year of supervised release. Akinfenwa was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release. Dantzler is scheduled to be sentenced in May.