US citizen Melvin Orellana, a resident of Georgia, was awarded an 18-month prison term in Nevada, United States, for taking part in a conspiracy involving identity theft.
Orellana worked as a computer support employee for a business that offered tax software to return preparation organizations around the country, according to a statement on the US Department of Justice website.
The Nigerian who ran the tax preparation business Universal Tax Services (UTS) used the information he got from Orellana to steal from the tax software industry.
Umoren profited from the fraud to the tune of $6.7 million between May 2016 and November 2017.
He sought out this taxpayer data in an effort to misrepresent the size of UTS’s clientele in order to deceitfully sell the company to an unwary purchaser.
Using this taxpayer data, Umoren sold UTS for $6.7 million in fraud in November 2017.
Orellana was sentenced to a term of imprisonment as well as three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon for the U.S. District Court of Nevada.
The case was looked into by the IRS Criminal Investigation and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.