U.S. Attorney Charges 5 in Multi-State Conspiracy and Fraud Case

- April 23, 2014-A sealed Federal indictment opened today outlines a huge case of identity theft, tax fraud, and conspiracy involving thousands of victims, and millions of dollars.

The details were revealed in a news conference originating in Pittsburgh was monitored by media in Erie at the Federal courthouse here.

The 13-count indictment says that between December 2005 until March, the five defendants  Doherty Kushimo of Providence, R.I.,  Saburi Adeyemi of Memphis, Tenn.,  and Abiodun Bakre, Adetunji Gbadegeshi and Adebola Mejule, all living in New York -- conspired to commit wire fraud.

The indictment accuses the five of opening fraudulent credit card accounts in more than a dozen financial institutions using stolen personal data, filing fraudulent Federal Income Tax returns using that data, and obtaining millions of dollars in tax refunds by those filings.

The indictment says the fraud involves as many as 2400 fraudulent tax returns that cost the Internal Revenue Service approximately ten million dollars.

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