Alabama Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Stolen Identity Refund Fraud
Kenneth Jerome Blackmon Jr., a resident of Montgomery, Ala., was sentenced today to 51 months in prison, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.
In January 2013, Blackmon pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and access device fraud. According to court documents, Blackmon was involved in a scheme to use stolen identities to file false federal income tax returns with the IRS. He admitted to acquiring names and Social Security numbers, to using that identity information on false tax returns, and to directing fraudulent tax refunds onto debit cards. Blackmon also admitted to possessing at least 15 Social Security numbers for the purpose of obtaining fraudulent tax refunds from the IRS.
In addition to prison time, Blackmon was ordered to pay $197,839 in restitution to the IRS and to serve three years of supervised release following his release from federal custody.
Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Tax Division Kathryn Keneally and U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama George L. Beck Jr., commended the efforts of IRS – Criminal Investigation special agents in investigating the case, Tax Division Trial Attorneys Justin Gelfand and Jason Poole in prosecuting the case, and the Alabama Department of Pardons and Paroles and the Gwinnett County, Ala., Sheriff’s Department in Georgia in assisting federal authorities with the investigation.