There are many reasons why people have nicknames. Sometimes they are bestowed on someone as a term of endearment or chosen because the person doesn’t like their real name. An article published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution details a $1 million tax fraud scam perpetrated by a few fraudsters with nicknames. (Perhaps they wanted to associate themselves with other famous criminals like ‘Scarface’ or ‘Billy the Kid.’ Or maybe they thought it just sounded cool. Who knows?)
The story states that six individuals were involved in the tax fraud scheme. Two of the perpetrators called ‘Scrilla’ and ‘Lil Corey’ acquired the stolen identification information of hundreds of victims from a co-conspirator who happened to work as an employee at a county court clerk’s office. (Many of the victims had served time in the county jail.) ‘Scrilla’ and ‘Lil Corey’ used the victims’ personal identification data plus false wage and withholding information to claim more than $400,000 in fraudulent tax refunds.
The tax refunds were applied to prepaid debit cards, which were mailed out to various addresses in the Atlanta area. Another co-conspirator, who happened to be a mail carrier, intercepted the debit cards which were then used for the benefit of the two masterminds. The last two co-conspirators were a man, who went by the nickname, ‘Decatur Slim’ and his wife. (They assisted with filing the fraudulent federal and state tax returns while also running a similar scheme that involved claiming more than $600,000 in fraudulent tax refunds. It sounds like they were fraud entrepreneurs.)
The mail carrier was the last person to be sentenced in the tax fraud scheme. The 43-year-old will serve four years in prison, three years of supervised release and will pay more than $81,000 in restitution. ‘Scrilla’ will serve seven years and three months in prison plus pay restitution of more than $139,000. ‘Lil Corey’ will serve five years and one month in prison and pay nearly $115,000 in restitution. The man who stole the identities got one year of probation, while ‘Decatur Slim’ was sentenced to serve seven years and three months in prison plus restitution of more than $150,000. His wife will serve two years in prison and will also pay more than $150,000 in restitution.
It looks like these fraudsters are going to have to drop their chosen nicknames to pick up another one ? ‘criminal.’ Their illegal acts have tarnished their name forever, plus the names of their victims. This case just goes to show that the government doesn’t put up with anyone who tries to steal money from the treasury nor honest taxpayers and will prosecute those who try to do so.
Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Ex-postal Worker Sentenced in $1 Million Tax Fraud Scheme,” written by Jon Gargis and published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on December 16, 2014.
A former mail carrier from Cobb County has been sentenced for his role in a $1 million fraudulent income tax refund scheme.
Adrian Bridges, 43, of Mableton, was convicted in August on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail theft. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to serve four years in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $81,878, Department of Justice officials announced.