ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Four people are headed to prison after they were sentenced in Albany Federal Court by Judge W. Louis Sands for false tax returns and ID theft.
Patrice Taylor, age 34, of Ashburn, was sentenced in Albany Federal Court to serve seven years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Taylor was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,107,802.00 to the Internal Revenue Service, said Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.
Taylor pled guilty to the charges in February and admitted that she conspired with her husband, Antonio Taylor, and Jarrett Jones to file over 1,100 fraudulent tax returns between January 2011 and February 2013.
At least 1,089 of the returns were filed electronically from two IP addresses registered to Mrs. Taylor, both located at their home. From January 2012 to October 2012, a cell phone subscribed to Mrs. Taylor was used to call the Internal Revenue Service's Automated Electronic Filing PIN Request 114 times.
Evidence presented by the United States at the sentencing hearing further showed that the identities, including the Social Security Numbers of five patients at Tift Regional Hospital were used by Mrs. Taylor to file fraudulent federal income tax returns.
Mrs. Taylor was employed at Tift Regional Hospital during the time of the conspiracy. Evidence showed that the identities of 531 sixteen year olds were also used to file fraudulent federal income tax returns.
In January 2012, Mrs. Taylor filed her own fraudulent federal income tax return requesting a refund in the amount of $6,776. She claimed a dependent that she was not authorized by law to claim.
Jarrett Jones, 38, of Ty Ty, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft on October 9, 2014. He was sentenced by Judge Sands to 20 months imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $94,959.00.
Victoria Davis, aged 26, of Cordele, Georgia, entered her guilty plea on July 9, 2014 to one count of theft of government property and one count of aggravated identity theft.
She was sentenced to serve 12 months in the Bureau of Prisons and pay restitution in the amount of $6,256.00.
Antonio Taylor was sentenced by Judge Sands on July 28, 2015 to serve 147 months in the Bureau of Prisons for his participation in the conspiracy. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,107,802 to the Internal Revenue Service. Taylor pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft on March 13, 2015. He has been in custody since the time of his arrest on March 12, 2014 and remains in custody.
"The stealing of a person's identity to take money from the United States Treasury wreaks havoc not just on the individual victim, but also on every law-abiding taxpayer. These folks aren't stealing from nameless, faceless people; they are stealing form each of us," said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.
The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, assisted by the Ashburn Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jim Crane is prosecuting the case for the Government.