United States of America has sentenced Bamidele Muraina who hails from Oyo State for Internet fraud, for hacking into tax preparation firms and filling fraudulent unemployment benefit claims and tax returns.
In a statement issued by the Department of Justice,United States Attorney’s Office,Northern District of Georgia,Muraina was sentenced to five years and 10 months imprisonment,to be served at the Federal prison in Atlanta.
Muraina was tried before U.S District Judge William Ray II, who ordered him to refund $561,125.62.
Muraina with one Gabriel kalembo, a previously convicted fraudster, used stolen personal identifiable information and laundered fraudulent assets.
“These defendants stole funds from programmes meant to assist American workers and families seeking to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The collaborative efforts of our law enforcement partners were essential to disrupting a sophisticated network of criminals and bringing their leaders to justice,” said acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine.
According to Erskine, the charges and other information presented in court revealed that between January 29, 2018 and through April, 2020, Muraina hacked into multiple tax preparation and accounting firms located in several states, including a Brunswick, Georgia-based accounting firm.