A Laurel man authorities said ran an identity theft and credit card skimming ring that victimized more than 780 people was convicted in federal court this week.
Olubunmi Oladapo Komolafe, 33, is scheduled to be sentenced March 9. He was convicted Tuesday on conspiracy and identify theft charges, authorities said; He faces as much as 7 1/2 years in prison on the conspiracy charge, and at least two years for the identity theft.
Authorities said Komolafe recruited, trained and paid restaurant servers to slide cards through a skimmer that recorded credit card numbers later purchase gift card and designer goods, as well as to use gift cards to buy merchandise and then return it for cash.
Prosecutors said the group was responsible for thousands of transactions throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania from at least January 2010 to June 2011.
Four other men have also pleaded guilty to their involvement in the ring: William Samuel Martin, Usman Muhammed, Anthony Danero Thomas, and Raoul Lycorish.