- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - An appeals court has rejected an appeal of a Canadian man convicted in federal court in North Dakota for what authorities called high-tech bank robbery.

Adekunle Adetiloye (aw-duh-KUHN-lee aw-duh-tuh-LOH’-ee) pleaded guilty in 2012 to mail fraud and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Authorities say he stole the identities of about 38,000 people to bilk dozens of banks in one of the largest credit card frauds in U.S. history.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in rejected Adetiloye’s claim that he was illegally extradited and the federal government did not have jurisdiction of the case.

Prosecutors say Adetiloye was the leader of an international scheme that involved fake debt-collection agencies.

The case wound up in North Dakota because U.S. Bank, one of the victims, is based in Fargo.

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