Fredericksburg Native Honored by U.S. Justice Department
Special Agent Lindsey Dickerson with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security was recognized May 13, 2011 by Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, for her investigative efforts in an international internet fraud investigation.
Agent Dickerson was one of four agents who made possible the successful prosecution of Ademola Adegoke, a Nigerian national who was living in Accra, Ghana and who was involved in a criminal enterprise using local Internet cafes in Accra to access email accounts and Voice-over-IP (VOIP) services. Through the use of email and VOIP services, Adegoke was able to purchase stolen credit card information and use those numbers to purchase airline tickets from U.S. and Canadian travel agencies, as well as directly from airlines.
Adegoke sent email or facsimile copies of fraudulent passports, drivers licenses, and credit cards to the travel agency or airline in support of purchasing airline tickets. He would then sell the tickets for a fraction of the full fare. Adegoke was responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent transactions as a result of this scheme.
On May 5, 2010, the Ghanaian Police, in cooperation with U.S. law enforcement officials, arrested Adegoke in Accra, Ghana. Ghana extradited Adegoke to the United States on June 28, 2010. He pled guilty on July 27, 2010 to charges of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud and was sentenced to102 months in prison on October 22, 2010.
Special Agent Lindsey Dickerson
Special Agent Dickerson, 27, is currently serving in the Criminal Fraud Investigations Branch. Prior to her current assignment she worked in the Washington Field Office.
Lindsey’s hometown is Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she attended Stafford High School, class of 2002.
Dickerson is a 2006 graduate of Radford University, Radford, Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Dickerson has been an agent with Diplomatic Security for three years. Today’s award is not the first time he has been recognized for her outstanding performance. She has earned two ‘Extra Mile Awards,” and a Group Franklin Award for outstanding investigative work.
Dickerson’s parents are Robert and Laurie Jones of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State’s law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel investigate passport and visa fraud, conduct personnel security investigations, and protect the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States. Additional information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at www.state.gov/m/ds.
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