Kevin Kunlay Williams, originally born as Kunlay Sodipo, a Nigerian immigrant who had been living in St. Louis since 1999, pled guilty to a number of crimes, which include stealing $12 million from the government.
Williams was previously deported from the United States, before he re-entered and managed not to get caught, from 1999 onwards. It was also discovered that Williams had been voting in a number of elections since then.
Williams was involved in a scam along with several others that involved stealing public school employees’ official IDs from an outside company, according to the Department of Justice press release. They then used those ID numbers to file fraudulent federal taxes, raking in the returns.
The Daily Caller reports:
They then used the credentials to unlawfully file more than 2,000 federal income tax returns, amounting to more than $12 million in prospective refunds. Williams purloined a number of official tax-related banking numbers used for refunds, even printing and forging blank checks.
He also successfully registered to vote in all elections — local, state, and federal — by fraudulently claiming that he was a U.S. citizen. He ultimately voted in both the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.
Williams, 56, pled guilty to the specific charges of mail fraud, voter fraud, aggravated identity theft and illegally re-entering the county after having been removed. Mail fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, while aggravated identity theft has a required minimum sentence of two years. He also could face five years in prison for each voter fraud count, and 10 years in prison for illegal reentry. If the judge orders him to serve at least some of the sentences consecutively, Williams could easily be in jail for the rest of his life, although concurrent judgements are more likely.
His sentencing before a federal court is scheduled for Oct. 13.