S.C. Inmate Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud
Contact Person: Winston Holliday (803) 929-3000
Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that John C. Stone, age 32, formerly of Anderson, South Carolina, currently housed with the South Carolina Department of Corrections, was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for Conspiracy to Defraud the Government, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 286. Chief United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour of Columbia sentenced Stone to 45 months incarceration and ordered him to pay $134,468.50 in restitution to the government. Previously, co-defendant Tasha Glover was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $134,468.50 in restitution, and Herbert Glover was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay $6,274.00.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that inmate Stone caused fictitious tax returns to be filed requesting false refunds. For the tax year 2008, Stone and others caused false returns to be submitted claiming approximately $1,094,086 in refunds. The Internal Revenue Service caught most of the false claims, but still paid $275,221 in refunds. He was assisted by Tasha Glover, who received approximately fifty false tax refund checks and cashed them at a convenience store in Augusta, in exchange for a fee from Stone. Herbert Glover provided limited information to assist in the filing of several false tax returns.
Mr. Nettles stated, “Our office will vigorously pursue those who abuse the tax system for personal gain, particularly those who do so from prison. Honest taxpayers deserve to know that their contributions are going to further the good work of the federal government and not lining the pockets of criminals.” “John Stone thought he could steal from the United States Treasury,” said Jeannine A. Hammett, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation. “Others involved in similar schemes should take heed because the IRS takes protecting taxpayer money extremely seriously.”
The case was investigated by agents of the Internal Revenue Service. Assistant United States Attorney Winston Holliday of the Columbia office handled the case.