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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 9, 2018

California Man Sentenced for Nationwide Tax Refund Fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A California man was sentenced today to 64 months in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, Kefvon Keffen Baker, 42, of Los Angeles, was part of a nationwide bank fraud conspiracy based in Los Angeles in which conspirators have been stealing U.S. Treasury refund checks, using the identities of those taxpayers to open bank accounts, depositing the stolen checks, and withdrawing monies against the deposits. In just one month of activity in the Eastern District of Virginia and nearby Pennsylvania, Baker attempted to steal over $1 million in U.S. Treasury-issued tax refund checks.

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Kimberly Lappin, Special Agent in Charge, Washington, D.C. Field Office, IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and Eric M. Thorson, Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Treasury, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady. Assistant U.S. Attorney Grace L. Hill prosecuted the case.

The Leesburg Police Department, Arlington County Police Department, and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office provided significant assistance with this case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:17-cr-264.

Topic(s): 
Tax
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated March 9, 2018