An illegal alien from the Republic of Benin who has been living in Philadelphia was convicted on Friday of using stolen IDs to file tax returns, according to officials.
Court records showed that from February through June 2014, “Abdou Koudos Adissa was engaged in a conspiracy in which stolen identities were used to file tax returns claiming refunds with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).”
Along with co-conspirators, Adissa filed fake tax returns seeking more than $800,000 in refunds. The refund money was then loaded onto Green Dot prepaid debit cards and sent to Nigeria via Western Union.
“In order for the prepaid debit cards to accept direct deposits, they had to be registered using personal identifying information including names, social security numbers and addresses. During a search of the apartment Adissa shared with a co-conspirator, special agents found 106 Green Dot cards in Adissa’s room. Adissa registered the Green Dot cards using stolen IDs and provided his co-conspirators with the direct deposit information related to the cards so that fraudulently obtained refunds could be directed to them.”
Evidence revealed that Adissa had called Western Union 63 times in three months in order to send the stolen money to Nigeria.
According to the Department of Justice, the crime carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison, a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.
Immigration removal proceedings are pending, and Adissa will be sentenced on June 28.
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