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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Alabama Man Pleads Guilty to His Role in Cashing Fraudulently Obtained Tax Refund Checks

Rodriquez Thomas, of Montgomery County, Ala., pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama to conspiring to cash fraudulently obtained federal tax refund checks, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. 

According to court documents, Thomas, along with his co-conspirators, Jesse Johnson and Quanesha Johnson, obtained U.S. Treasury tax refund checks that were issued as a result of the filing of fraudulent tax returns. Thomas and the Johnsons and others cashed approximately 77 fraudulently obtained U.S. Treasury tax refund checks that totaled approximately $137,016 by bringing them to a bank teller, Debora Gray, who worked for a bank in Wetumpka, Ala., and who participated in the scheme. 

Jesse and Quanesha Johnson and Debora Gray have all previously pleaded guilty to their involvement and are awaiting sentencing. Thomas faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy. He is also subject to fines, mandatory restitution and forfeiture.     

The case was investigated by Special Agents of IRS - Criminal Investigation.  Trial Attorneys Charles Edgar Jr. and Michael Boteler of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Brown are prosecuting the case.

Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found at www.justice.gov/tax.        

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