Seven people face prison time for tax fraud

Seven people face prison time for tax fraud

(WMC-TV) - Seven Memphians each face up to a decade in prison after pleading guilty to filing false tax returns under real names.

The U.S. Attorney's Office saID this ring of men and women filed these false income tax returns from 2009 to 2011. But the long arm of the law put an end to their three year spree.

These seven people face time in prison after the Feds learned they were cashing in on unsuspecting taxpayers:

  • Tamaracina Birdse, Age 26, of Memphis, TN
  • Cortneyo Bougard, Age 23, of Memphis, TN
  • Ronald Black, Age 36, of Memphis, TN
  • Katrina Banks, Age 21, of Memphis, TN
  • Diedra Ewing, Age 39, of Memphis, TN
  • Jeremy Moss, Age 25, of Memphis, TN
  • Nicholas Biles, Age 33, of Memphis, TN

The thefts ranged from $17,000 to more than $1 million each.

The most egregious case involved Tamaracina Birdse. The U.S. Attorney's Office said $1,014,000 in tax refunds from the federal government.

Here's how it went down:

These seven people would allegedly obtain the names, birth dates, and other personal information about unsuspecting taxpayers. They would use that information to file fake tax returns. They would even open up bank accounts in their names.

The U.S. Attorney's Office did not say how they learned what the defendants were up to.

In addition to 10 years in prison without parole, each of them will have to pay a $250,000 fine.

Birdse, by the way, also has a violent police record, including aggravated assault.

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