Small investigation company helps with fraud case

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PHOENIX (AP) -

Authorities say a mom-and-pop private investigation company in Arizona helped thwart a major credit card fraud case that was tried in North Dakota.

Adekunle Adetiloye of Toronto is waiting to serve an 18-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to mail fraud.

Prosecutors said he organized one of the largest high-tech bank robberies in U.S. history.

Annie Adkins and Joe Hoover of Investigative Professionals perform background checks for individuals and companies.

Authorities said the pair coaxed Adetiloye into mailing a money order that allowed investigators to obtain fingerprints, among other evidence.

Adetiloye is accused of bilking 600 credit card companies and banks out of $1.5 million.

The federal case wound up in North Dakota after a U.S. Bank call center in Fargo intercepted calls from Adetiloye and others.

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