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Belleville Man Sentenced to Over Four Years in Prison for Bank, Wire, and Tax Fraud, and Aggravated Identity Theft

February 17, 2012

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on February 17, 2012, Samuel D. Hood II, 58, of Belleville, IL, was sentenced to 51 months in prison (27 months on Bank, Wire, and Tax Fraud, with 24 months consecutive for Aggravated Identity Theft), and five years of supervision following release from prison. Hood must also pay a $400 Special Assessment and over $102,000 in restitution to the United States. The sentencing was the result of Hood’s plea of guilty to an Information charging him with Making false claims against the United States (tax fraud) and bank fraud, as well as to an Indictment charging him with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

As part of the plea, Hood admitted to making false claims against the United States by seeking fraudulent tax refunds using a large number of returns filed in the names of other persons. Hood also admitted to using another person’s identity to make an internet application for a payday loan.

The prosecution in this case was the result of investigations conducted by the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The prosecution of the case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Quinley.

If you suspect or know of an individual or company that is not complying with the tax laws, you may report this activity by contacting the local Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigation Office at (618) 622-2160 or by mailing information to: Internal Revenue Service, Fresno, CA 93888.













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