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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 10, 2017

New York State Man Sentenced for Role in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

Erie, Pa. – A resident of Rosedale, New York has been sentenced in federal court to 36 months in jail on his conviction of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Adetunji Gbadegeshi, 60, of Rosedale, New York.

According to information presented to the court, Gbadegeshi used the hundreds of stolen identities found in his house to open bank accounts that were used as repositories for fraudulently obtained federal tax refunds. Gbadegeshi would then remove the money from the accounts and distribute it to his co-conspirators.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting U.S. Attorney Song commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Gbadegeshi.

Updated April 11, 2017