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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2008                                           PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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TAX CONSPIRACY DEFENDANT RECEIVES 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

                SHERMAN, TX – U.S. Attorney Rebecca Gregory announced today that a 24-year-old Plano man has been sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for tax fraud in the Eastern District of Texas. 

                RANSOM NYAMAHARO was convicted by a jury on Jan. 16, 2009, for conspiracy to present false claims to the government and conspiracy to commit identity theft and bank fraud and was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.  Nyamaharo was also ordered to pay restitution of $3,097,822.65.

                Co-defendant, KARIMANJIRA-DUMBA MADE, 27, of Plano, was also convicted on Jan. 16, 2009, and was sentenced on Apr. 14, 2009, to 60 months in federal prison.

                According to information presented in court, from 2005 to 2008, Nyamaharo and Made opened and operated retail tax preparation businesses in which they prepared and filed fraudulent tax returns on behalf of clients.  As part of the their scheme, they also prepared and filed tax returns in the names of individuals whose personal identifying information had been obtained and used without authorization.  To further facilitate the fraud, Nyamaharo and Made established business relationships with several banks which offered refund anticipation loans.  The false claims for income tax refunds were submitted to the Internal Revenue Service and also to the banks.  The banks, relying upon the accuracy of the information provided to them, authorized the issuance of loans secured by the false income tax refund claims.  The Internal Revenue Service and the banks incurred substantial losses as a result of the payments made on the false claims for federal income tax refunds.  Nyamaharo and Made were indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 14, 2008.

                This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randall A. Blake and Shamoil Shipchandler.

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