Illegal Alien from Niger sentenced in $12 Million Tax Refund Fraud, Voter Fraud, and Illegal Reentry
Department of Justice
October 20, 2017
A Nigerian citizen, who resided in St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced to 78 months in prison for mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, voter fraud, and re-entering the United States after having been removed, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Carrie Costantin for the Eastern District of Missouri.
According to documents filed with the court, Kevin Kunlay Williams, a.k.a. Kunlay Sodipo, 56, and others stole public school employees’ IDs from a payroll company and used them to electronically file more than 2,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns seeking more than $12 million in refunds. He also stole several return preparer’s Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs) and used them to secure tax-related bank products and services that facilitated the issuance of tax refunds, to include blank check stock and debit cards. Williams used the blank stock to print checks funded by the fraudulent refunds and directed some of the refunds onto debit cards.
Williams previously entered the United States from Nigeria under the name Kunlay Sodipo, but was deported in 1995. In 1999, Williams illegally returned to the United States from Nigeria using the last name Williams. In 2012, Williams registered to vote in federal, state and local elections by falsely claiming that he was a U.S. citizen and voted in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.
In addition to the term of prison imposed, Chief U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel ordered Williams to pay restitution of $889,712 to the Internal Revenue Service, in addition to forfeiture of money orders totaling $10,810 seized during the investigation. Williams is in custody and also faces deportation.
Special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service as well as the Dothan, Alabama Police Department and Alexander City, Alabama Police Department, conducted the investigation, and Trial Attorneys Michael C. Boteler and Charles M. Edgar, Jr. of the Tax Division, prosecuted this case with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Eastern District of Missouri and Middle District of Alabama.
In a quick internet search I found not one MSM report on this, yet we have all seen them post their “fake narratives” like the one about the above for the last ten months.
After his deportation in 1999, this man returned to the US illegally and with his group of “friends” managed for seven years to live in the US and run a $12 MILLION tax refund scam thanks to our oh-so-bright IRS employees. He stole identities from postal workers and tax preparers, got tax refunds through an elaborate scheme, and even voted as a citizen in our 2012 and 2016 elections, yet no one in those seven years had any inkling of his crimes…righ-h-h-t.
Talk about cover-up. This case stinks of it. But this doesn’t fit in at all with the image that liberals and protestors want to believe. So of course, nothing is posted in their rags. Yet Trump “made-up hysteria” is smeared every day and often many times a day. Imagine that.
An oddity in this case is that Kevin Kunlay Williams filed notice he did not have funds to pay for his court fees. Apparently he had been in prison since his initial arrest and indictment. The judge noted he had insufficient funds in his prisoner account to pay fees.
Questions without answers
There are several red flags in this case which make me wonder what is happening in a bigger picture. The few articles on this arrest and conviction never went into any detail like other groups caught up in such elaborate scams. This was an extremely sophisticated and elaborate operation to have gotten that much information, credit cards, and checks. I seriously doubt this one man could have pulled off such a crime either by himself or as the only mastermind.
In 2016 there was another man convicted on a multimillion dollar Nigerian oil scheme so it makes me wonder if all of this was somehow interrelated. That guy also defrauded the Veterans Department by filing false claims for benefits.
- Where is the money he was convicted of stealing or all the credit cards he is said to have loaded with money?
- What happened to the $10,000 he was said to have on him at the time of arrest? Did it go to his “prison fund”?
- What happened to all the blank check stock?
- Were his partners in this scam also in court or receiving sentences since his is the only name mentioned? I wonder if they all were Nigerian illegals, US citizens, or illegals from other countries?
- Why did he get off with such a light sentence given all of the information below? I mean 6 years and a $890,000 fine is small potatoes to me given the size, scope, and seriousness of his alleged crimes.
- What did he do for work while living here?
- Did he receive public assistance during those years?
- Why did it take seven years for Immigration, IRS and FBI to even track down and indict this man?
- Why didn’t the workers notice problems over those years, weren’t they aware of the problem of stolen identities even in the beginning?
- Why didn’t Social Security or the credit agencies notice problems? Were they told about possible stolen identities?
- So when did the IRS notice such a humongous discrepancy considering this went on for years? I guess they were too busy threatening or targeting conservative groups and individuals to have time to chase down real bad guys.
- How did an illegal alien apply for a gun permit much less acquire a gun? Perfect example of the stupidity of the gun-grabber liberals; and,
- How did this man get by in the neighorhoods where he lived in the US without being on local radar for that many years?
Look at the indictment charges
- stole public school employees’ ID’s from a payroll company.
- used the stolen identities to electronically file more than 2,000 fraudulent income tax returns amounting to $12 million in refunds according to the DoJ news release.
- stole Electronic Filing Identification Numbers, used by tax preparers to electronically file tax returns.
- used the EFINs to obtain bank products, which allowed him to print refund checks.
- had refund checks issued in the names of the stolen IDs, blank check stock, and multiple Visa cards loaded with funds.
- entered the U.S.somehow from Nigeria using a different name and after having previously been deported.
- used a falsified name and presumably identification.
- claimed he was a U.S. citizen.
- illegally registered to vote in federal state, and local elections.
- illegally voted in two presidential elections.
- illegally in possession of a firearm on the day he was arrested.
Just another example of our efficient, alert IRS, Social Services, Welfare System, liberal justice system, and Immigration System, not to mention the extremely lax open-border policy of the Obama administration.
The ones who did investigate, arrest, and bring this man to trial definitely deserve praise for all the time they had to have put in on the case.
I am left shaking my head on a daily basis at the national security risks, financial strain, and the attitude of the liberals in our country. There have been more than a few other cases just like this one, and even worse, involving illegal aliens in the last eight years that have never been acknowledged nor seen the light of day in mainstream media. They really have got the hike-the-tush-in-the-air, kiss-the-feet attitude of obeisance to world liberal/socialists down pat.