Sierra Vista police nab man for tax fraud

Osabuohien-OdysseyA federal grand jury in Tucson returned a fifty-eight count indictment against Osabuohien Odyssey Oronsaye, of Sierra Vista, last week. The indictment charges Oronsaye with false claims, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and access device fraud.

Oronsaye was arrested on December 7, 2012 in Tempe.

The indictment alleges that Oronsaye prepared tax returns with the names and Social Security numbers of individuals whose personal information had been stolen. Oronsaye allegedly would fabricate, among other things, the individual’s income and wage information, tax withholding information, tax deductions, tax credits, and dependents. Oronsaye allegedly submitted the tax returns to the IRS which contained materially false and fraudulent information. The indictment also alleges that Oronsaye submitted fraudulent credit card orders using stolen credit card numbers.

“IRS Criminal Investigation has made investigating refund fraud and identity theft a top priority,” stated Gabriel Grchan, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Office of Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. “Filing fraudulent tax returns in the names of other individuals may result in significant harm to those individuals whose identities were stolen, as well as a monetary loss against the U.S. Treasury.”

“The Secret Service takes very seriously the crimes of identity theft and fraudulent use of access devices,” stated Cristina Beloud, Resident Agent in Charge of the Secret Service – Tucson. “This was a joint investigation with local and Federal agencies that resulted in the swift arrest of the primary suspect, and very likely prevented further losses to unsuspecting victims all over the United States.”

“The Sierra Vista Police Department has been dealing with identity theft and credit card fraud in our area for years. We were pleased to work with the IRS and Secret Service to obtain this 58 count indictment and are committed to providing the best possible service to the citizens of Sierra Vista,” stated Corporal Scott Borgstadt of the Sierra Vista Police Department.

A conviction for false claims upon the United States carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. A conviction for wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. A claim for aggravated identity theft carries a two year penalty that must run consecutive to any sentence received for wire fraud, a $250,000 fine, or both.

A conviction for access device fraud carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.

The investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the United States Secret Service, and the Sierra Vista Police Department. The prosecution is being handled by the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona.