Fraud Cases Allege Some $14.5M in Theft

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United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Josh Minkler has announced two federal court cases involving alleged fraud schemes that total some $14.5 million. One is a 23-count indictment detailing identity thieves accused of filing false tax returns. The other involves allegations that the former bookkeeper at a small southern Indiana business cut nearly 440 company checks to herself and underreported its revenue over four-and-a-half years.

Taiwo K. Onamuti of Georgia and Muideen A. Adebule of Indianapolis are facing charges that include aggravated identity theft, identity theft, false claims and conspiracy. The pair and their organization are accused of obtaining personal identification information of unsuspecting victims, then stealing their identities to file false tax returns. In all, they are allegedly tied to nearly $12.7 million in illegal federal tax refunds.

Julie Ann Ashman of Fairland has already plead guilty to charges of wire fraud and tax evasion for allegedly defrauding her employer who repaired and refurbished X-ray medical equipment. She is accused of stealing more than $1.8 million and evading more than $460,000 in what should've been the taxes owed on the amount she allegedly stole.

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