Leader of Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Ring Sentenced to Jail
Sunday, April 27th, 2014 @ 12:55AM
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WASHINGTON – Christopher Davis, of Montgomery, Ala., was sentenced today to serve 60 months in prison, announced Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Keneally of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. for the Middle District of Alabama. Davis was also ordered to forfeit $300,559, which represented the proceeds of his offenses. Davis previously pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
According to court documents and evidence from the sentencing, Davis was the leader of a multi-state tax fraud conspiracy that operated by filing false tax returns using stolen identities, causing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to issue tax refunds. Davis obtained personal identifying information from different sources, including a medical facility in Alabama. He and a co-conspirator, Kenneth Blackmon, who was sentenced to serve 51 months in prison in April 2013, would then file false tax returns using the stolen identities in which they would direct the fraudulently claimed tax refunds to be deposited onto prepaid debit cards.