Man pleads guilty to taking 38 computers

A Springfield man who ordered 38 computers through the technology company, Apple, with a fake email address, and picked them up from FedEx in West Jefferson, pleaded guilty in court Monday.

Adebowale Balogun, 33, pleaded guilty to theft, a fourth-degree felony, and complicity to telecommunications fraud, a third-degree felony, in Madison County Common Pleas Court.

He faces up to 54 months prison and a $15,000 fine.

Balogun was stipulated to a payment of $35,777 in restitution to FedEx, according to assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins.

The computers were stolen Feb. 25.

Balogun used the fake email address to pose as a Columbus Big Lots store submitting an order, Adkins said. The order was set to be delivered by FedEx, Apple’s shipping company, but Balogun changed the status of the order from delivery to pick up.

He then showed up at FedEx in West Jefferson, presented fake identification, and took the computers.

Balogun is represented by Springfield attorney Richard Mayhall. Balogun was placed on house arrest with work release privileges at his arraignment earlier this year.

The West Jefferson Police Department investigated the incident.

Balogun’s sentencing hearing was set for Aug. 20.

Andrea McKinney can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619 or via Twitter @AndeeWrites.