Feds: Nigerian stole state school workers’ W-2s in IRS scheme – Connecticut News

Feds: Nigerian stole state school workers’ W-2s in IRS scheme – Connecticut News

An accused cyber criminal from Nigeria has been arrested on fraud and identity theft charges in a scheme that stole the W-2 forms of Connecticut school employees to steal thousands from the IRS.

Daniel Adekunle Ojo, 33,, a citizen of Nigeria living in Durham, N.C., was arrested Thursday by federal authorities. Following his arrest at in Durham residence, Ojo appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge in Greensboro, N.C., and was ordered detained pending his transfer to Connecticut.

As alleged in the criminal complaint, special agents from the FBI’s cybercrime squad in New Haven and the IRS have been investigating “phishing” emails that were sent to various school districts in Connecticut earlier this year.

In February 2017, an employee of the Glastonbury Public Schools received an email that appeared to be sent by another Glastonbury school system employee. The email contained a request to send W-2 tax information for all employees of the school system.

The recipient of the email responded by sending copies of the W-2 information for approximately 1,600 Glastonbury Public Schools employees. After the W-2 information was emailed, approximately 122 suspicious Forms 1040 were filed electronically with the IRS in the names of victims of the Glastonbury phishing scheme.

The 122 tax returns claimed tax refunds totaling $596,897. Approximately six of the returns were processed, and $36,926 in fraudulently-obtained funds were electronically deposited into various bank accounts.

The complaint alleges that OJO controlled or used an aol.com email account and a gmail.com email account involved in this phishing scheme, and that he participated in the scheme to…

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