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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Defendant Sentenced To 37 Months In Federal Prison In Tax Refund Conspiracy Case

DALLAS — Kennedy Githaiga Wanyoike was sentenced yesterday, by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay, to 37 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $73,638 in restitution following his guilty plea in October 2012 to one count of conspiracy to file false claims.  Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

According to the factual resume filed in the case, Wanyoike conspired with others to file fraudulent tax returns with false wages and tax withholding that resulted in false claims. Wanyoike admitted that his role in the conspiracy was to open bank accounts to receive the electronically deposited refunds.  Wanyoike opened these five bank accounts at various banks in Dallas using an address of a private mail box in Dallas and listing his employer as “Nova Consultant Services.”  He had rented the private mail box and applied for the assumed name of “Nova Consultant Services” by using another person’s Texas driver’s license.  The total of deposits made into all five accounts he opened was $91,602.

This case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Stokes.

Updated June 22, 2015