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Identity theft and tax fraud part of charges against man in NJ

Some of our New Jersey readers may have heard about the increasing problem of fraudulent tax returns being filed with the aim of receiving tax refunds under someone else's name. This problem has become especially concerning to law enforcement officials since the ability to file taxes over the Internet has gained significantly in popularity over the last several years. White collar crimes like this have always been of particular interest to federal authorities, and one man who was living in New Jersey recently had his federal case move forward.

The 40-year-old man, a Nigerian national, was arrested back in 2011 and has been held in custody ever since. On April 8 he was arraigned and will now be facing 31 criminal counts due to his alleged involvement with a tax refund scheme. The charges allege that this man was part of an operation that resulting in over $3 million in losses for the United States Treasury.

The charges this man is facing are quite serious. Reports indicate that if he is convicted he could face a potential sentence of dozens of years in prison.

The alleged illegal activity in this case all comes back to a problem that has been gaining more notice by American citizens and law enforcement agencies alike: identity theft. It seems that electronic means of obtaining someone's critical, personal information, like Social Security numbers and birthdates, is making it easier to commit this type of fraud. However, these types of cases are often very complex, involving a great deal of very detailed evidence. Anyone facing charges involving identify theft will most likely ensure that a big part of their criminal defense strategy includes a thorough review of all of the evidence the prosecution claims to have.

Source:, "Man arraigned on 31 counts in alleged stolen-identity tax refund scheme," Jason Grant, April 8, 2014

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