This week, it was announced that a former resident of Ozone Park, New York had been sentenced to prison on his conviction of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Abiodun Bakre was sentenced to 87 months in prison and three years of supervised release. The defendant was in the United States illegally during the period, in which the offenses were committed.
Judge David S. Cercone noted that the wire fraud conspiracy was the large financial fraud case the Court had presided over in more than 30 years on the bench. The fraud involved more than $69 million in attempted losses with more than $20 million being fraudulently obtained in federal tax refunds. The Court concluded that more than 11,000 individuals fell victim to the defendant.
Information presented to the court showed that Bakre opened numerous bank accounts using stolen identities with the intention of using those bank accounts as repositories for fraudulently obtained federal tax returns. A search of the defendant’s residence uncovered ledgers containing hundreds of stolen identities and numerous false identification documents.
Again, Abiodun Bakre has been sentenced to 87 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Additional details have been made available here.