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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Local Musician Charged In Stolen Identity Tax Refund Scheme


St. Louis, MO – OLUFUNSHO ADESHINA, of St. Louis, Missouri, has been charged in a criminal complaint in U.S. District Court alleging his participation in a stolen identity tax fraud scheme.  IRS Criminal Investigators discovered tax refunds purportedly due to various individuals being deposited in numerous financial accounts across the St. Louis area in the name of Adeshina or businesses he controlled.  Because of the suspicious nature of the deposits, a number of financial institutions froze the funds and brought the matter to the attention of law enforcement.

According to the criminal complaint filed on Friday, nearly $200,000 from the United States Treasury has flowed into more than 20 financial accounts controlled by Adeshina since the beginning of 2015.  Tax authorities have been able to confirm at least one of these deposits was generated by a false and fraudulent tax return prepared in the name of an individual taxpayer identified as "R.F."

Public records and research suggest Adeshina, a native of Nigeria, is a local guitarist.  When federal agents attempted to contact Adeshina, it appeared Adeshina had recently left the St. Louis area.  Anyone with information on Adeshina’s whereabouts is asked to contact the St. Louis Office of IRS Criminal Investigation at 314-612-4097.

As is always the case, charges set forth in a criminal complaint are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.       
Updated March 19, 2015