Sodipo Williams who pleaded guilty to a $12 million mail fraud, a US-based Nigerian, Kunle Williams Sodipo, will be sentenced to 20 years jail term and deportation.

Kunle Sodipo Williams, who resided in St. Louis, Missouri in the United States prior to his arrest and court judgement will be sentenced in October.

He pleaded guilty to mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, voter fraud and illegally reentry into a nation after initial deportation.

Vanguard reports that the Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Stuart M. Goldberg, of the Justice Department’s Tax Divison and Acting U.S. Attorney, Carrie Costantin, for the Eastern District of Missouri, said Sodipo pleaded guilty in a Federal Court in Alabama.

Document filed with the court, revealed that Kevin Kunlay(Kunle) Williams aka Kunlay Sodipo, 56 and others stole public school employees ‘IDs from a payroll company and used them to electronically file more than 2,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns seeking more than $12 million in refunds.

The document also revealed that he stole several Electronic Identification Numbers (EFINs) which are return preparers and used them to secure tax-related bank products and services that facilitated the issuance of tax refunds, which includes blank cheque stock and debit cards.

The Nigerian used the blank stock to print cheques funded by the fraudulent refunds and directed some of the refunds onto debit cards.

Earlier Deportation

Williams previously left Nigeria for the US under the name Kunlay Sodipo but was deported in 1995. However, the 56-year-old returned to the country illegally in 1999 using his last name Williams.

In 2012, he registered to vote in federal, state and local elections by falsely claiming he was a US citizen and voted in 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.

Sources reveal that he will be held in federal custody till his sentencing scheduled for October 13, before US Chief District, Judge Rodney W. Sippel.

Statutory sentence

The Nigerian faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for mail fraud, 10 years for illegal reentry, five years in prison for each voter fraud count and a compulsory minimum of two years in prison for aggravated identity theft.

In addition, Williams will face a period of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture and deportation.


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