Olufunso Adesina, a Nigerian musician living in St. Louis pleaded guilty to swiping tax obligation refunds in 2014 and also was punished to over 3 years in government jail on Thursday, April 21.
according to investigators, 29-year-old Olufunso Adesina, a guitar player aimed to steal $3 million in fake tax refund but couldn’t go through. He ended up collecting $800,000 from more than 50 refund by submitting incorrect income tax return under other peoples names.
In November 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis announced charges against Adesina. Prosecutors say Adeshina has left the area, and urge anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigation division.
Prosecutors say Adeshina participated in a stolen identity tax fraud scheme. IRS investigators allegedly found tax refunds due to several people deposited in numerous accounts in the name of Adeshina or businesses he controlled.
The criminal complaint claims that nearly $200,000 has flowed into more than 20 accounts controlled by Adeshina since the start of the year.
Three local banks helped investigators in the bust after noticing suspicious behaviour and he was thereafter nabbed.