Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sharon Thurman Sentenced for Identity Theft and Filing False Tax Returns

Source- http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/May/11-tax-670.html

WASHINGTON – A resident of Elmore, Ala., was sentenced to 60 months in prison for stealing identities and using them to file false tax returns, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today.

On Feb. 22, 2011, after a four-day trial, a jury in Montgomery, Ala., convicted Sharon Thurman of 14 counts of making false claims, two counts of theft of government money and two counts of aggravated identity theft. According to the indictment and evidence introduced during trial, Thurman owned and operated Sharon’s Tax Service in Elmore. Between January and April 2008, Thurman filed 14 fraudulent tax returns in which she unlawfully attempted to obtain tax refunds intended for individuals whose identities she stole.

At trial, 14 victims of identity theft testified that they did not file, and did not request Thurman to file the tax returns she filed in their names and Social Security numbers. Two victims in whose name she received payment from the IRS testified that they never received any money from Thurman. All 14 victims testified that, to the best of their knowledge, they had never met Thurman and had never been to Sharon’s Tax Service.

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