Native Nigerian admits stealing $734K in tax return scheme

2 years 7 months 3 days ago Tuesday, November 17 2015 Nov 17, 2015 Tuesday, November 17, 2015 3:50:00 PM CST November 17, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Nigeria native living in St. Louis faces possible deportation now that he's admitted in federal court that he's stolen $734,000 in government funds by filing more than 50 bogus tax returns.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 30-year-old Olufunsho Adeshina pleaded guilty Tuesday in St. Louis.

Prosecutors say that from January 2013 until last May, Adeshina used personal information belonging to others to file the false tax returns.

Adeshina faces roughly five years or more in prison and will have to repay the money. But U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel warned Adeshina on Tuesday there was a "significant likelihood if not certainty" that he would be deported because of the conviction.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 26.

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