The United States Department of Justice says an Alabama man has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the government and one count of aggravated identity theft for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme.
Nakia Jackson pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme that took place between 2009 and 2011, announced U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr., in which he got stolen identities from an Alabama state employee. Jackson used the stolen identities to file false tax returns.
Authorities say Jackson recruited a bank employee named LaQuanta Clayton to help him file the false income tax refunds that were deposited into multiple bank accounts. Jackson also got permission from several people to use their bank accounts to funnel the money. When it was deposited, he would then have the account owner withdraw the money for him.
In total, authorities say Jackson filed more than 100 false returns requesting more than $400,000 in refunds.
Sentencing is set for April 2014 at which time Jackson faces a minimum 2-year prison term and a maximum 12-year term. He'll also be required to pay restitution and serve 3 years supervised release.
LaQuanta Clayton has already pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.
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