A previously deported illegal alien from Nigeria living in Missouri was indicted Wednesday for a sophisticated stolen identity fraud scheme that sought more than $12 million in tax refunds.
In addition, he has also reportedly voted in two U.S. presidential elections.
Kevin Kunlay Williams, aka Kunlay Sodipo, a Nigerian citizen who is a resident of St. Louis, Missouri, was charged with mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, voter fraud, illegal reentry, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Williams and others allegedly used public school employees’ identifications stolen from a payroll company to electronically file more than 2,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns. Williams also allegedly stole electronic filing identification numbers (EFINs) to secure bank products that allowed him to print refund checks and instruct the IRS to forward refunds to prepaid debit cards.
According to the indictment, Williams had refund checks issued in the names of people from whom he stole IDs and had blank check stock and debit cards delivered to his residence.
Williams entered the United States from Nigeria using the name Kunlay Sodipo but was deported in 1995. He illegally returned in 1999 using the last name Williams.
The indictment alleges that Williams registered to vote in federal, state and local elections by claiming to be a U.S. citizen and is accused of voting in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.
Under the name of Kunlay Sodipo, Williams was also convicted of credit card fraud in Eastland, Texas, in 1988. It is unclear whether he served any time as a result of that conviction.
When he was arrested in February, Williams was allegedly illegally in possession of a firearm.
The Department of Justice reports that, if convicted, “Williams faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each count of mail fraud, a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for the aggravated identity theft, a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the illegal reentry, a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison for each of the voter fraud counts, and a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the felon in possession of a firearm. The defendant also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture and monetary penalties.”