Georgia man sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for submitting more than 2.9 billion dollars in false tax claims to the IRS


Date: December 20, 2022


Senior United States District Judge John Antoon II has sentenced David O. Isagba to 14 years in federal prison for mail fraud and conspiring to defraud the United States with respect to tax claims. This sentence was imposed consecutively to Isagba's 2022 conviction for possession of child pornography from the Eastern District of New York.

David Isagba and his wife, Joyce Isagba, were indicted on the tax charges on May 27, 2020. David Isagba pleaded guilty on March 29, 2022. Joyce Isagba was convicted after a jury trial on June 16, 2022. She is scheduled for sentencing on March 16, 2023.

According to the plea agreement and other court documents, David Isagba submitted 227 fraudulent claims to the IRS from 2009 through 2019, falsely claiming to be entitled to more than $2.9 billion in tax refunds on behalf of nonexistent trusts. He subsequently received a total of $5,815,723.65 from the IRS as a result of this fraudulent scheme. Among other things, Isagba used the funds to purchase a home and multiple luxury vehicles.

"The defendant attempted to steal nearly $3 billion from the U.S. Treasury and used the millions he was able to swindle to lavish himself with exorbitant personal luxuries. Today's sentencing now holds Isagba accountable for his egregious financial crimes and brazen scams," said Ronald A. Loecker, IRS-CI Acting Special Agent in Charge. "This significant prison term is all the more satisfying given David Isagba's conviction for possessing child

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys William S. Hamilton and Hannah J. Nowalk.