A Group of Six Sierra Leoneans Charged in Fraud Scheme Involving Stolen Identities of Children

Press Release

U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger

PHILADELPHIA – An indictment was unsealed today charging six people in an identity theft and tax fraud scheme in which the identities of disabled children and foster care children were stolen, announced U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger and IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent-in-Charge Akeia Conner. The indictment charges Ahmed Kamara, 38, and Ibrahim Kamara, 48, both of Yeadon, PA, Musa Turay, 41, and Foday Mansaray, 38, both of Darby, PA, Gebah Kamara, 46, of Sharon Hill, PA, and Dauda Koroma, 43, of Philadelphia, PA, with conspiracy, aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and filing false individual income tax returns. Four of the defendants were arrested this morning.

Defendants Ahmed Kamara, Musa Turay, Ibrahim Kamara, Dauda Koroma, and Foday Mansaray worked as tax preparers at Medmans Financial Services, a tax preparation business located in South West Philadelphia. According to the indictment, Ahmed Kamara, Musa Turay, Ibrahim Kamara, Dauda Koroma, and Foday Mansaray defrauded the Internal Revenue Service by repeatedly falsifying information on tax returns. The indictment alleges that Gebah Kamara, then a social worker at Catholic Social Services, sold the defendant tax preparers the names and Social Security numbers of foster children for the purpose of creating fraudulent dependents on client tax returns. By including the false dependents, the tax preparers falsely claimed a number of credits and exemptions for their clients, which generated large fraudulent refunds, some in excess of $9,000. The tax preparer defendants charged clients up to $800 to fraudulently add a dependent on their income tax return.

Gebah Kamara, among those charged with stealing the identities of children in their care, holds up an income-tax form. Prosecutors say the identities were used for tax fraud. (VIVIANA PERNOT / Staff Photographer)

If convicted, each of the defendants faces a mandatory two year prison term for aggravated identity theft consecutive to the following maximum possible sentences: Ahmed Kamara – 55 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $1.75 million fine, and a $1,300 special assessment; Musa Turay – 61 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $1.95 million fine, and a $1,500 special assessment; Gebah Kamara – 43 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $1.35 million fine, and a $900 special assessment; Ibrahim Kamara – 52 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $1.65 million fine, and a $1,200 special assessment; Dauda Koroma – 52 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $1.65 million fine, and a $1,200 special assessment; Foday Mansaray – 43 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $1.35 million fine, and a $900 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the City of Philadelphia Office of Inspector General, and the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General Office of Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen M. Klotz.

7 thoughts on “A Group of Six Sierra Leoneans Charged in Fraud Scheme Involving Stolen Identities of Children

  1. I am so happy for justice. Someone introduced musa turay to me at work. He did my taxes and i never received my states refund. Called him so many times but never got through, just to find out later that he was a fraud. Rot in jail.

  2. I am so happy for justice. Someone introduced musa turay to me at work. He did my taxes and i never received my states refund. Called him so many times but never got through, just to find out later that he was a fraud. Rot

  3. These are the kinds of penalties that need to be introduced in Sierra Leone, it would end corruption faster than anything else.

  4. Let God serve as their lawyer. We are all Sierra Leonean and we all know what others do everyday not as compare to such, but they always go free, because they are Americans. I hate to see the name of my country measured on such a nasty game. I’m against them doing such. My question now is: Have we not been riped up by Americans? Our folks are presently dieing in the hands of Enola. Who are the people behind the act?

    • Ben, ebola is not the issue here. These people committed felonies and were caught and being prosecuted. If you think the American owe you or any African anything, you dont have to be here, you know. You can always go back to Sierra Leone. Sheesh, some people.

  5. I am really ashamed to see my country’s name been associated with such a crime. This news would negatively affect all Sierra Leoneans. As a country we have gone through a lot ! This need to stop! We still need to wait patiently for the verdict because we cannot rush to judgement until they are proven guilty by a court of law.

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