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Enid Man to Serve 30 Months in Prison for
Filing a False Claim for Tax Refund and
Aggravated Identity Theft

May 10, 2012

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma –MARKIE KENNETH GARNER, of Enid, Oklahoma, was sentenced to serve 30 months in federal prison by Chief United States District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange for filing a false claim for a tax refund and aggravated identity theft, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Garner used an internet on-line tax service to electronically prepare tax returns and used the name and Social Security number of another individual to claim the refund with the Internal Revenue Service on January 16, 2010. Garner was charged by Information on September 9, 2011, with filing a false claim for a tax refund and aggravated identity theft. Garner pled guilty on October 6, 2011, and admitted he knew the claim for tax refund was false when he submitted the claim and that he unlawfully used the name and SSN of another person without their permission or authority in order to claim the tax refund.

At the sentencing hearing, Chief Judge Miles-LaGrange ordered that Garner serve six months in prison for filing the false claim for tax refund and 24 months for aggravated identity theft, to run consecutively. Garner was also ordered to pay $20,384 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. Garner is currently incarcerated with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections on other charges.

These charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service, United States Secret Service and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Robinson.













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