This year the government cracked down on stolen identity tax fraud. Though tax season is long over, the trials and sentencing for the criminals involved in these schemes are still going strong.
Indiana Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Scamming Clients
An Indiana tax preparer pleaded guilty to a tax fraud scheme that involved inflating client returns and keeping the excess refunds without their knowledge, NWI Times reports.
Michael Nash pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government and aggravated identity theft.
Officials claim the total loss was between $400,000 and $1 million. Nash is scheduled for sentencing in October.
Dallas Man Gets 17 Years for $30M ID Theft Scheme
A Dallas man who ate a debit card to hide evidence from police has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for his role in a stolen identity tax fraud scheme that netted about $30 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Ogiesoba City Osula has also been ordered to pay nearly $16 million in restitution.
Co-defendants George Ojonugwa and Eseos Igiebor were sentenced in April. Ojonugwa was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison and ordered to repay nearly $16 million, while Igiebor was sentenced to 8 years and ordered to repay almost $10 million.
The other co-defendents, Ebenezer Legbedion and Evelyn Nyaboke Haley, were sentenced late last year. They will serve more than three years and five years, respectively, in addition to being ordered to pay nearly $7 million in restitution combined.
Identity Thief and Sex Offender Faces Seven Years
Jerry Samuel Joseph was sentenced to more than seven years in prison on charges related to stolen identity tax fraud and failing to register as a sex offender, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Joseph pleaded guilty to filing approximately 71 fraudulent tax returns under stolen identities claiming $352,721 in refunds. He received $134,931 in refunds while living in Florida.
In a separate case, Joseph also pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to New York. He was previously convicted in South Carolina in 1998 and in Florida in 2006 for sex crime charges relating to minors.
North Carolina Tax Preparer Gets 3 Years for Fraud, ID Theft
Veronica Levonne Jones was sentenced to more than three years for filing false tax returns with stolen identities, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Authorities say that when she was operating Tax Refund Solutions she falsified her income and used another person's identity to file a tax return.
Jones was also ordered to pay $199,000 in restitution.