This tax season investigators uncovered millions of dollars in stolen-identity tax fraud. These recent arrests and indictments show just how seriously the government is taking tax scams — a big-money crime.
Brothers Accused of $200M Tax Scam
A federal grand jury has added charges to the indictment against two brothers who allegedly filed for more than $204 million in bogus tax refunds, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Authorities say brothers Sean Aude Gallman and Eric Maurice Gallman filed 30 fraudulent returns using a variety of trusts and business entities. The IRS paid out $16 million in refunds.
The defendants face a maximum of 20 years in prison for each count of conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, conspiring to commit money laundering, and mail fraud. Additionally, Sean Gallman faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for an additional count of mail fraud and money laundering, along with a mandatory minimum of two years for aggravated identity theft.
Jazz Musician Charged With Stolen-ID Tax Fraud
A St. Louis jazz musician stands accused of a scheme that netted nearly $200,000 in fraudulent IRS refunds, Riverfront Times reports.
Olufunsho Adeshina allegedly funneled fraudulent refunds into more than 20 bank accounts under his control. Several banks found the deposits suspicious and contacted law enforcement officials.
Investigators believe Adeshina has left St. Louis and are searching for him.
Inmate Identities Used in Tax Scheme
Two Alaska residents have been arrested for allegedly filing 95 false tax returns, according to Alaska Dispatch News.
Earl Worthy and Tammy Jean Jackson are charged with claiming more than $200,000 in fraudulent refunds. Prosecutors say many of the returns were filed for inmates but went directly into the defendants' accounts.
In addition to $250,000 in fines, the defendants face 20-year sentences if convicted of aggravated identity theft and related charges.
Former IRS Worker Among Those Charged With ID Theft and Fraud
A former IRS tax examiner and three others have been accused of using bogus tax claims as part of a larger scam against a major oil and gas company, according to the Louisiana Record.
Jimmie McCorvey was an IRS employee when he allegedly filed false tax returns for Rosa M. Bonner, Ariyanna S. Lampley, Marcia D. McCorvey and himself seeking $62,200 in refunds. Prosecutors say McCorvery and his co-defendants also used fake tax documents to defraud an oil and gas company to the tune of $95,200.
McCorvey and his co-defendants are scheduled for trial in April.