Using stolen identities to file income taxes and obtain bogus refunds is considered fraud, and the Internal Revenue Service continues to crack down on it in a big way.
Kelcey Pierre Miller, of Atlanta, Georgia, has been sentenced to six years and three months in prison for filing falsified tax returns using stolen identities, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The news source reports Miller received more than $1.6 million for his fraudulent activities. He will pay close to that amount in restitution after it was found he and four others filed 123 falsified returns between 2005 and 2007 using names and other information from people in homeless shelters and jails.
“(Miller) led a conspiracy stealing more than $1.6 million by filing fictional income tax returns that claimed enormous refunds using fraudulently obtained personal information of individuals in homeless shelters and jails," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, according to the news source. "He not only victimized the taxpayers, but also preyed on the unsophisticated.”
According to the Sun Sentinel, statistics show that prosecutions in these types of cases typically come from major schemes.
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