Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Another Darwin Award: Oluwole Owoseni

Suffolk County Police have arrested a college student for identity theft after he stole the personal information of other students to apply for a student loan and credit card.

Oluwole Owoseni, a student at Stony Brook University, used another student’s personal information on an internet application for a Sallie Mae student loan. The loan was approved and sent directly to the university, where Owoseni was preparing to begin his final semester. The fraudulent loan was discovered when the victim notified school officials. Stony Brook University Police began an investigation, which was then referred to the Suffolk County Police Identity Theft Unit. Owoseni also used the personal information of a second student to obtain a credit card.

Owoseni, 22, of 79 Eldert Lane, Brooklyn, worked at the campus Career Center and the Student Affairs office.

The investigation indicates that the security of the school’s student database was not breached and the number of students affected is very small. Detectives are continuing to identify and contact students who may be victims. Detectives from the Computer Crimes Unit are assisting in the investigation.

Owoseni was arrested at the Sixth Precinct on January 26 and charged with one count of Identity Theft 1st Degree, two counts of Unlawful Possession of Personal Identifiers 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th Degree. He was scheduled for arraignment today at First District Court in Central Islip.