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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Alabama Man Pleads Guilty for Involvement in a Large Scale Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

Glenn Powell Jr. pleaded guilty today in the Middle District of Alabama to his role in a large scale stolen identity refund fraud, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.  

On April 17, 2013, a federal grand jury in Montgomery, Ala., indicted Powell on conspiracy and theft of government money charges.  According to court documents, Powell opened two bank accounts on which he was the only authorized signer. Between August 2009 and February 2011, at least 49 false federal income tax refunds totaling approximately $95,926 were directed to Powell’s bank accounts.  Powell was able to withdraw approximately $46,423.71 in false tax refunds before the IRS stopped him.  The overall scheme Powell participated in is alleged to have involved over $500,000 in false refunds. 

As a result of his plea, Powell faces a maximum potential sentence of 10 years in prison.

This case was investigated by special agents of IRS - Criminal Investigation. Trial Attorneys Charles M. Edgar Jr., Michael Boteler and Greg Bailey of the Justice Department’s Tax Division are prosecuting the case, with the assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama and, in particular, Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Brown.

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Updated September 15, 2014