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Nigerian Imprisoned In US For Identity Fraud

Identity theft

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Nigerian Imprisoned In US For Identity Fraud

Identity theft

Identity theft

A U.S court has ordered the imprisonment of a Nigerian, Kevin Kunle Sodipo Williams for identity theft.

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Williams who leaves in St. Louis, Missourbagged six and a half years  jail term for stolen identity fraud scheme which amounted to over  $12 million in tax refunds.

The Court has also instructed Williams to pay about $900,000 in restitution to the IRS. Williams committed the offence of  mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, voter fraud and illegal re-entry to the U.S.

Williams and his accomplices were said to have stolen  public school employees’ identifications from a payroll company to file more than 2,000 fraudulent federal tax returns.

The accused who was deported in 1995 returned to the US in 1999 and  fraudulently processed  identification numbers generate refund checks.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to the offences according to the  Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Carrie Costantin for the Eastern District of Missouri, in a Federal court in Alabama.

Documents presented against Williams who is also known as  Kunlay Sodipo, 56, and others indicate that they illegally took public school employees’ IDs from a payroll company and used same to electronically generate over 2,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns seeking more than $12 million in refunds.

Williams is going to be released after the completion of his jail term under supervision with all his assets forfeited and at the same time be deported.

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