Massive Identity Fraud Conspiracy Taken Down by the IRS and FBI - Gbadegeshi Sentenced

In what was a major public relations spectacle for the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the IRS and FBI took down one of the largest identify fraud schemes in America in 2014. A large conspiracy that consisted of upwards of a dozen Nigerian-Americans involved the obtaining of stolen identities of U.S. citizens through the NY Dept. of Human Services and other nefarious means on the dark web. They used these identities to open various bank accounts across the U.S. and subsequently filing false tax returns to be deposited to said accounts. The U.S. Government estimates the losses to the Government to be around $64 million from 2005 to 2013.

One of the men involved in this scheme, Adetunji Gbadegeshi, also called "The Chairmen" by his counterparts, was indicted and represented by Attorney Ambrose. There was a plea deal arranged and sentencing took place on April 10th, 2017.

Facing 59-71 months of prison time for his fraudulent behavior after the agreed upon plea, Attorney Ambrose and his legal team were able to obtain a sentence of 36 months after an hour and a half of argument.

David Hickton, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of PA announces the indictment of the men involved in this conspiracy in 2014.


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