PENNSYLVANIA – An illegal immigrant unlawfully residing in Philadelphia was convicted Friday of conspiring to commit tax fraud using stolen IDs, according to authorities.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Louis D. Lappen for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced that the man, who is a native of the Republic of Benin, has been charged with “conspiring to commit access device fraud.”
According to the indictment, Abdou Koudos Adissa is facing up to five years in prison for stealing identities from February through June 2014 and using them to file U.S. tax returns seeking more than $800,000 in refunds.
When special agents raided an apartment that Adissa shared with a co-conspirator, they found 106 Green Dot prepaid debit cards, which were all registered using stolen IDs and provided his co-conspirators with the direct deposit information related to the Green Dot cards so fraudulently obtained refunds could be directed to them, officials said.
The evidence also shows that Adissa allegedly called a Western Union 63 times within three months to facilitate transferring the fraudulent refunds to Nigeria.
Adissa’s sentencing is scheduled for June 28. The Department of Justice press release states that he “faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison, a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.” Furthermore, he faces pending immigration removal proceedings.
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