City Man Convicted of Drug, Gun Offenses for Role in Large-Scale Drug Trafficking Organization Operating in Port Richmond Section of Philadelphia
Idrissa Koita, 45 of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, announced Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Louis D. Lappen.
Koita worked as a tax return preparer for the companies The Ledgerking, Inc. and Medmans Financial Services. Between January 2009 and May 2012, Koita claimed false credits, false deductions and false dependents on federal tax returns for his clients in order to increase their tax refunds. During the same years, Koita also falsified his own personal tax returns by claiming false credits and false dependents.
According to the United States Attorney’s office, Koita pleaded guilty to preparing and filing false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. Koita also pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft stemming from claiming false dependents on tax returns.
Koita’s tax preparation scheme resulted in a tax loss to the federal government in the amount of $2,073,567.54. In addition to Koita’s 24 month prison sentence, he will also be required to serve 3 years’ probation and pay back $60,911 in restitution.
The case was investigation by Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation and Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Wzorek.