Men indicted in identity theft and fraud scheme

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Two men were charged Wednesday in connection with a counterfeit credit card scheme.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, in a statement to FOX6 News, said Sinzinkayo Haji Sinzinkayo, 38, of Jonesboro, Ga., and Damilola Odegbile, 22, of Bowie, Md., were indicted on three charges of wire fraud and once count each of identity theft.

Vance said the two men used fraudently-encoded credit or bank-debit cards to buy gift cards worth several hundred dollars from drug stores in Homewood and Trussville.

According to the indictment, the two men traveled from Georgia in early August and rented a hotel room in Jefferson County in order to create and use the counterfeited electronic cards to steal money and property from individuals and card-issuing companies.

"An alert store clerk who noticed something unusual and called police, and a patrol officer who was very diligent led to arrests in this case," said Homewood Police Lt. Chuck Moore in the statement. "It was just a very cooperative effort between the CVS employees, the Homewood Police, postal inspectors and the Secret Service."

If convicted, both men face a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million.