NEWARK – On Wednesday, two North Jersey men admitted they used stolen identities to file tax returns and claim refunds to which they were not entitled, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Alidu Dramani, 33, of Irvington, and Evans Boamah, 30, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to conspiring to make false claims against the United States.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Dramani and Boamah were employed at the North Jersey Developmental Center in Totowa, a mental health institution operated by the State of New Jersey. Using their access to patient information, the defendants stole names and Social Security numbers of patients at the center. They then provided the stolen identity information to another conspirator for use by a tax preparer to file false tax returns under those stolen identities to get federal tax refunds to which they were not entitled. As a result of the defendants’ participation in the conspiracy, tax preparers filed, attempted and intended to file false tax returns for the tax years 2009 through 2011 seeking $396,416 in tax refunds.
The count of conspiracy to defraud the government to which the defendants pleaded guilty is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the pecuniary gain or loss from the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 13.
Fishman credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen, with the investigation leading to the guilty pleas.
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