Identity Thief Sentenced to More Than Ten Years in Federal Prison
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell has sentenced Cordell Jones to ten years and one month in federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. As part of his sentence, the Court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $1,469,435, the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct. Jones pleaded guilty on November 5, 2014.
According to court documents, Jones conspired with several others to defraud the IRS by filing false and fraudulent income tax returns using the names and Social Security numbers of unwitting individuals. Jones obtained the personal identifying information from a relative who had stolen the data from a financial institution where she worked. The conspirators filed 526 fraudulent returns claiming $5,063,954 in refunds and succeeded in obtaining more than $1.4 million from the IRS.
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bob Mosakowski.