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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Woodbury Man Sentenced To Prison For Stealing Identities And Filing False Tax Returns

George Ronzell Fyke, 40, of Woodbury, Tenn., was sentenced yesterday to 57 months in prison for stealing the identities of others and using them to file false income tax returns, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee.  

According to documents filed with the court, Fyke stole the names and social security numbers of deceased relatives and from fellow inmates at the Montgomery County, Tenn. Jail and used them to file false income tax returns. Fyke had the tax refund checks sent to addresses under his control and after being released from jail, he forged the signatures of the stolen identities and deposited the refund checks into his bank accounts. Fyke caused the Department of Treasury to issue over $56,000 in unlawful tax refunds.

The case was investigated by the IRS – Criminal Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Ryan R. Raybould prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.    

Topic(s): 
Tax
Contact: 
David Boling Public Information Officer 615-736-5956 David.Boling2@usdoj.gov
Updated March 1, 2018