- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The lawyer for a man facing obstruction of justice charges for a massive credit card scheme that was prosecuted five years ago says the case should be resolved soon.

Michael Adeymo, also known as 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. He allegedly stole the identities of about 38,000 people.

Authorities say Adeyemo lied about his identity as well. He said during the original trial that he lived in Canada after fleeing from his native Nigeria in 2005. Prosecutors allege he lived in the U.S for a dozen years.

Lawyers in the case say they should reach a plea deal within three months.

The case was tried in North Dakota because one of the victimized banks is based there.

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