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Seven Defendants Setenced In Tax Fraud Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA B Seven defendants convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States in relation to the filing of false tax returns have been sentenced to federal prison.

Earlier this year, each of the seven pled guilty to conspiring to prepare and file more than 350 fraudulent federal income tax returns between 2008 and 2011, seeking more than $2.4 million in tax refunds. The conspirators created fraudulent returns using taxpayer identification numbers and other personal identifying information stolen from both living and deceased individuals, as well as wholly fictitious information such as employer names, names of dependents, and tax withholding amounts.

At the conclusion of a sentencing hearing conducted yesterday before United States District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, the seven were sentenced as follows:

Loretta Lashaun Glover, 41, Tampa, Florida, was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison for conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

Henry Edward Clayton, 32, Tampa, Florida, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for conspiracy and wire fraud.

Tasheika Shamona Jackson, 24, Perry, Florida, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for conspiracy and wire fraud.

Melissa Lynn Clayton, 21, Perry, Florida, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison for conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

Tabitha Ann Bass, 33, Perry, Florida, was sentenced to 29 months in federal prison for conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.

Genetris Carmine Jones, 25, Perry, Florida, was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison for conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

Latosha Dawn Glover, 32, Perry, Florida, was sentenced to 66 months in federal prison for conspiracy.

Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, the United States Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Perry Police Department, and the Lowndes County, Georgia Sheriff=s Office, whose joint investigation led to the convictions in this case.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Coody.

 

 

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