- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The lawyer for a man convicted in North Dakota for a massive credit card fraud scheme and now charged with lying about his identity says she wants out of the case.

Michael Adeyemo (aw-DAY’-mo), also known as Adekunle Adetiloye (aw-duh-KUHN’-lee aw-duh-tuh-LOH’-ee), was sentenced to 18 years in prison after allegedly stealing the identities of 38,000 people.

Adeyemo went by Adetiloye during the original trial and said he lived in Canada after fleeing from his native Nigeria. On several occasions he said he was confused about the American judicial system. Prosecutors allege he had lived in the U.S for a dozen years and was accepted into two American law schools.

Lorelle Moeckel (MECK’-ill) says Adeyemo has “begged” her to withdraw as his attorney. A judge has not ruled on her request.

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