Georgia Accountant Guilty of Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

Georgia Accountant Guilty of Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

A resident of Austell, Georgia pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, on Thurday, October 13.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Ajetunmobi, an accountant, used stolen identities supplied by co-defendants to file fraudulent federal tax returns, which falsely claimed farm income and a fuel tax credit in order to generate a tax refund on taxes that were never paid. The fraudulently obtained refunds were then deposited, via wire, into bank accounts which were opened using stolen identities.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for February 6, 2017. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the amount of loss to the victims, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

 

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