Tampa Man Indicted For Tax Fraud
Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Koffi M. Gbikpi (46, Tampa) with seventeen counts of making and presenting false, fictitious, or fraudulent claims. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for each count.
According to the indictment, Koffi M. Gbikpi prepared and filed seventeen federal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) in the names of various individuals between approximately February and November of 2009. All seventeen tax returns claimed false refunds. Gbikpi used several internet email addresses to electronically submit the false tax returns to the IRS. The false returns totaled $704,676 in fraudulent refunds.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew J. Mueller.