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ID Theft Made Easy

MANHATTAN (CN) - A man was sentenced Wednesday to 53 months in federal prison for stealing $800,000 by swiping hundreds of people's identities from the credit reporting agency TransUnion. Banky Adebanjo sent TransUnion requests for credit reports, purportedly from his victims, and asked TransUnion to change the victims' addresses and send the stuff to the new address - and it worked, prosecutors say.

Adebanjo, 37, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty in October 2008 to conspiring to commit bank fraud. Prosecutors say he was part of ring, and that federal agents found $796,865 in cash and money orders in his bank box, and a passport and other IDs he got by using other people's identities.

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