US convicts Nigerian over $60m tax fraud scheme


By Biodun Busari

A United States federal court in West Virginia has convicted a Nigerian man Ayodele Arasokun for his role in an international conspiracy to defraud the US government of $60 million by filing false tax returns.

This was made known in a press statement from the US Attorney’s Office Northern District of West Virginia published on Friday.

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According to the statement, Arasokun was found guilty of 21 counts of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft by a jury as he orchestrated a scheme to file 1,701 false returns and claim $9.1 million in refunds.

West Virginians were among those whose identities were stolen in the process, according to the release.

Arasokun was in a location just outside of Paris, France at the time of the crimes, but the release did not indicate when they happened.

A total of $2.2 million in fraudulent refunds were actually paid by the Internal Revenue Service…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper