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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud

WASHINGTON - A Springfield Gardens, New York, resident pleaded guilty yesterday to an indictment charging him with nine counts of wire fraud, nine counts of aggravated identity theft, and 17 counts of aiding or assisting in the preparation and filing of false returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue for the Eastern District of New York.

According to court documents, Oyeniyi Jaiyesimi, the owner of Pace Financial Services, a tax preparation business located in Springfield Gardens, New York used stolen IDs to file fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and to obtain refunds to which he was not entitled.  In addition, from 2013 through 2015, Jaiyesimi filed multiple false tax returns for clients that fraudulently claimed dependent exemptions.

Magistrate Judge James Orenstein scheduled sentencing for April 3, 2019, before District Court Judge Edward R. Korman.  Jaiyesimi faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud, a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for each count of aggravated identity theft, and a maximum sentence of three years in prison for each count of aiding or assisting in the preparation of false returns. He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture, and monetary penalties.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue commended special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Trial Attorneys Mark McDonald and Eric Powers of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Tax
Press Release Number: 
18-1548
Updated November 27, 2018