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Jones gets 10 more years in tax fraud sentencing

May 21, 2007    
Press release from the U.S. Attorney,
Middle Dist. of Georgia                                                        


Macon -- United States Attorney Maxwell Wood, Middle District of Georgia, Albany Division announces the sentencing of Marvin Kirk Jones which took place before the Honorable W. Louis Sands, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia on May 18, 2007.

Jones and a co-defendant were charged in a one count superseding indictment with Conspiracy to Defraud the Government with Respect to Claims in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 286 and convicted of the same after a weeklong trial in January 2007.  The allegations contained within the indictment dealt with Marvin Kirk Jones obtaining names and social security numbers for inmates within the Georgia Department of Corrections, sometimes with their knowledge and consent and sometimes without, and filing tax returns indicating that they worked, made substantial withholdings and are now entitled to a refund of between $6500 to $9000.  

There were approximately 30 false returns listed in the indictment and the total intended loss with regard to the returns listed in the indictment was in excess of $200,000.  The indictment further alleged that at varying addresses in Americus and Albany, Georgia, Jones' daughter, Shanika Natasha Jones received multiple refund checks and procured their cashing.

At sentencing the government proved that Marvin Jones, while an inmate in the Georgia Department of Corrections created and filed at least 417 false tax returns claiming in excess of three million dollars in refunds and that approximately $972,000 in refunds had actually been paid as a result of the scheme.   Jones was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 120 months to run consecutively to a life term Jones is already serving for murder, 3 years supervised release, restitution in the amount of $972,000 and a $100 mandatory assessment fee.    Shanika Natasha  Jones will be sentenced at a date scheduled by the court.

This case was investigated by Special Agents Brian Slemons and Jacob Adams, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, Macon and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney, Leah E. McEwen.

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