September 25, 2007
by Taurean Batten
Albany -- A Leesburg man has been sentenced to prison for conspiracy to file false claims for refunds with the IRS.
Hewis Cross, along with Joseph Jordan, Senior of Warner Robins, Eretta Nelson, formerly of Fort Valley, and Ozee Rogers, Senior of Macon were sentenced for participating in a false tax claims scheme.
They recruited taxpayers to file false amended tax returns with the IRS which totaled over five million dollars. Ten refunds were paid out before the scheme was thwarted by the IRS.
Cross was sentenced to over four years in prison and is required to pay restitution along with serving three years on supervised release.