June 22, 2018

Glastonbury ID ‘phish’ convicted

The identity thief whose online "phishing'' scheme last year caused the Glastonbury school system to inadvertently disclose confidential employee W-2 files has been convicted, federal authorities say.

Daniel Adekunle Ojo, 34, a Nigerian citizen residing in Durham, N.C., pleaded guilty Thursday in New Haven federal court to fraud and ID-theft charges, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Ojo, who has been in custody since his arrest last Aug. 3, faces a maximum 22 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 13, prosecutors said.

Authorities this is part of an ongoing probe by special agents from the FBI's cybercrime squad in New Haven and the IRS into phishing episodes also involving the Groton Public Schools, and Minnesota's Bloomington Independent School District.

According to investigators and court files, Ojo controlled several online accounts used in Feb. 2017 to request W-2 information for about about 1,600 workers in the Glastonbury school system.

Subsequently, about 122 suspicious Form 1040s in the names of some of those Glastonbury victims were filed electronically with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, claiming nearly $600,000 in tax refunds, authorities say.

The IRS processed about six of the returns and deposited $36,926 into various bank accounts.

During the "phishing'' probe, investigators discovered that Ojo entered the U.S. on a visitor's visa in May 23, 2016, but failed to depart as scheduled on June 8, 2016.

That potentially opens the door to deportation proceedings.

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