Tax Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Identity Theft
Friday, June 14th, 2013 @ 10:56PM
Over $15 Million in Fraudulent Tax Refunds Filed for “Stimulus Payments”
ATLANTA – Kevin J. Sonnier pleaded guilty today to filing false federal income tax returns using stolen identities that claimed millions of dollars in bogus refunds.
“The career of a tax cheat who victimized over 15,000 individuals is over,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “This defendant will also forfeit millions in ill-gotten tax refunds. This year we have devoted significant resources to address this growing problem and to taking these criminals off the streets.”
“Today’s announcement exemplifies IRS Criminal Investigation’s intense focus and the rigorous pursuit of identity theft and refund fraud,” said Veronica Hyman-Pillot, Special Agent in Charge. “These criminals must be and will continue to be pursued in order to obtain justice for the victims as well as justice for our nation.”