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The special offences court sitting in Lagos  has  convicted and sentenced one Adekunle Abiodun Aderibigbe to two years imprisonment.

A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC says Aderibigbe who is on the wanted list of Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI specialises in stealing of United States citizens’ data to obtain fraudulent tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, IRS.

The defendant was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission alongside other members of the syndicate who perpetrated the fraud through the help of one Curtis Betley serving a jail-term in the U.S. to steal the identities of American nationals and use the same to file over 255 fraudulent tax fund returns with the IRS, making over $1.6million.

The EFCC, acting on the FBI report and after diligent investigation, arrested Aderibigbe.

He was  arraigned in  2020 on an amended five-count charge bordering on retention of proceeds of criminal conduct and impersonation.

He pleaded “not guilty” to the counts against him.

Delivering judgment Justice Taiwo held that the money traced to the defendant was the proceeds of crime, as he failed to prove its source sufficiently.

He was found guilty  for the offence of retention of proceeds of criminal conduct and sentenced to two years, with an option of 2million naira  fine.

He was also ordered to restitute the sum of N8million.

He was, however, discharged and acquitted over the offence of impersonation.

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