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More details have surfaced on Rufai's alleged frauds involving unemployment payments in Washington and other US states. More ominously (for him) is the revelation that the IRS wants a piece of him as well.A Nigerian politician arrested in connection with benefit fraud in the US has been suspended from his job.
US authorities accuse Mr Rufai of using the stolen identities of more than 100 Washington residents to file fraudulent claims between March and August last year. They say more than $288,000 (£203,000) was deposited into a bank account controlled by him.
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/health-coronavirus-pandemic-e9f9a235b4a4bcea5b878ae1188ebec6Feds: Unemployment fraud suspect tried to bilk IRS of $1.6M
A suspended Nigerian government official accused of stealing $350,000 from Washington state as part of a massive pandemic-related fraud also sought to bilk the Internal Revenue Service of nearly $1.6 million, federal prosecutors said Friday.
Abidemi Rufai, 42, was arrested May 14 as he tried to travel from New York to Nigeria. He is accused of using stolen identities to take more than $350,000 from the Washington state Employment Security Department ...
Federal prosecutors in western Washington have been seeking to make sure Rufai remains in custody pending trial ...
On Friday, they filed a letter with U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle to bolster that argument. It said that in the last few days, IRS criminal investigators have revealed that they have been investigating an email account associated with Rufai for years.
According to the IRS, the email account was used to file 652 fraudulent tax returns, seeking $1.6 million in refunds, from 2016 to 2019.
“The IRS rejected many of the filings, but accepted returns seeking approximately $900,000,” the letter said. ...