Snellville Woman Sentenced to Prison for Tax Fraud

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This is a story about using the dead to get ahead—and rich—fast. This Atlanta Business Chronicle article recounts how—in just one year (2007 to 2008)—a Georgia woman filed 700 tax returns with falsified information and received $378,548 back in claims. This was 77 percent of the amount for which she had submitted claims.

How many other people are getting away with this for over a year until the government catches them? Or better yet – how many people are never even getting caught?

Just four months after her guilty plea, she allegedly was back at it again. The IRS found that she was engaging in tax fraud and related criminal conduct while she was pleading guilty to it in court!

How did she do it? By using information publicly available on the Internet, of course. So the question of the day is…if fraudsters can use public records to perpetrate fraud, can’t the government use public records to find the fraudsters? Of course, that’s rhetorical—the answer is YES.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Snellville Woman Sentenced to Prison for Tax Fraud,” by Atlanta Business Chronicle staff at the Atlanta Business Chronicle, September 21, 2011.

Dalawni Hollomon, 42, of Snellville, Ga., was sentenced to federal prison on Wednesday on charges of mail fraud, false claims and aggravated identity theft for a scheme to file hundreds of fraudulent tax returns using the identities of dead people.

Holloman was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay $288,230 in restitution.

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Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.