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Defendant used the identities of thousands of Oregon and Washington taxpayers to file false income tax returns

MEDFORD, Ore. – On Friday, August 4, 2017, a federal jury in Medford convicted Emmanuel Oluwatosin Kazeem, 34, of Bowie, Maryland and Nigeria of 19 counts of mail and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Based on evidence presented at the trial, Kazeem obtained over 125,000 stolen taxpayer identities from throughout the United States for use in a tax fraud scheme. He purchased over 91,000 of those identities from a Vietnamese hacker that originated from an Oregon company’s database. Most of those identities belonged to victims living in Oregon and Washington.

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