Photo: US-based Nigerian musician sentenced for attempting to steal $3.5 million in tax refunds


A Nigerian musician living in St. Louis pleaded guilty
to stealing tax refunds last year and was sentenced to over
three years in federal prison on Thursday, April 21.
According to investigators, 29-year-old Olufunso Adesina, a
guitarist tried to steal more than $3 million in fake tax
refunds but many didn’t go through. He ended up collecting
nearly $800,000 from more than 50 refunds by filing false
tax returns under other people’s 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 behavior. Adeshina could face a
maximum sentence of ten years in prison.


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