A Philadelphia resident was convicted Friday of conspiring to commit tax fraud using stolen IDs, according to officials.
Abdou Koudos Adissa is facing up to five years in prison for stealing identities and using them to file tax returns seeking more than $800,000 in refunds, which were loaded onto Green Dot prepaid debit cards and sent to Western Union to Nigeria, according to officials.
During a search of the apartment Adissa shared with a co-conspirator, special agents found 106 Green Dot cards in Adissa’s room.
Adissa registered the Green Dot cards using stolen IDs and provided his co-conspirators with the direct deposit information related to the cards so that fraudulently obtained refunds could be directed to them. to the evidence produced at trial, he called Western Union 63 times in three months to facilitate transferring these fraudulent refunds to Nigeria.