Georgia Man Indicted in ID Theft, Tax Fraud Scheme
JEFFERSON CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Loganville, Ga., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for a fraud scheme in which he stole personal identity information from several victims in order to file fraudulent federal income tax returns.
Chike Uzodinma Agogbua, 42, of Loganville, a Nigerian national and a naturalized U.S. citizen, was charged in an eight-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo., on Sept. 28, 2015. That indictment was unsealed and made public upon Agogbua’s arrest and initial court appearance. Agogbua, who was arrested in Georgia in October, had his initial court appearance in the U.S. District Court in Jefferson City today.
Agogbua allegedly stole the names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of victims, then used that information to file federal income tax returns. According to the indictment, Agogbua also reported false employment, wages earned and taxes withheld in order to obtain refunds for himself. As a result of Agogbua’s fraud scheme, the IRS wired tax refunds, in the names of other persons, to bank accounts under Agogbua’s control.
The federal indictment charges Agogbua with five counts of wire fraud, related to tax refunds sent from the IRS Financial Center in Kansas City, Mo., and direct deposited into Agogbua’s bank account, and three counts of aggravated identity theft.
Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the FBI and IRS-Criminal Investigation.