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Cincinnati man sentenced in tax refund scam

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The last of five defendants charged in a tax refund scam was sentenced Monday in a Cincinnati federal court.

Ellis Maurice Scott, 32, of Cincinnati, was sentenced to 102 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $477,490 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He was convicted on one count of committing conspiracy to submit false claims for federal income tax refunds with the IRS and two counts of aggravated identity theft. 

Scott pleaded guilty to these offenses in April 2013.

According to court documents, Ellis Scott, Bridgette Jones, Latasha Hampton, Marnay Love and Dione Howard were involved in filing false federal income tax returns with the IRS in 2010 and 2011, totaling at least $654,550.

Prosecutors said Scott, Jones and Howard worked in a team effort, obtaining names, social security numbers and dates of birth of individuals and preparing federal income tax returns in their name. They reportedly wrote fabricated information about the taxpayer as well to receive a greater refund amount, including address, dependents, occupation, income amount and education expenses

Court records indicate the suspects directed approximately 121 false income tax refunds to prepaid debit cards, and would then use them to withdraw cash from ATMs and stores.

According to authorities, Scott recruited Hampton to cash and forge endorsements on income tax refund checks. They said Hampton did so at ACE Cash Express. Love, the fifth suspect in the case, was a manager at ACE and reportedly kept a portion of the cashed refund check as a fee.

Other other four defendants were sentenced in September and October of this year:

Howard, 33, of Cincinnati was sentenced to twelve months and one day in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $30,129 in restitution to the IRS for conspiring to submit false claims for federal income tax refunds with the IRS and for the unlawful use of a means of identification.

Jones, 34, of Cincinnati was sentenced to 61 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $477,490 in restitution for conspiring to submit false claims for federal income tax refunds with the IRS and for committing aggravated identity theft.

Hampton, 34, of Cincinnati was sentenced to ten months in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $84,090 in restitution for conspiring to submit false claims with the IRS and for forging endorsements on U.S. Treasury checks.

Love, 34, of Cincinnati was ordered to pay $84,090 in restitution to IRS, $17,350 in restitution to ACE Cash Express and serve eight months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to defraud the IRS by filing false claims for federal income tax refunds.

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