Three from Killeen plead guilty in IRS identity theft scheme – Austin American

Three people from Killeen have admitted they used stolen identities to collect more than $490,000 in false tax refunds from the IRS.

Albert Powell, Paris Stephens and Ronnie Cole filed at least $1.3 million in false claims through TurboTax from 2010 to 2012, using identities taken from job applicants at a Wendy’s restaurant in Chicago, where Powell had previously been employed as a manager, according to court documents filed in a U.S. district court in Austin.

IRS criminal investigators said the victims included college students in their 20s and two parents collecting Social Security disability. All tax returns were filed electronically through the IRS service centers in Austin and Kansas City, they said.

The defendants, who had been living in Killeen, pleaded guilty this week to charges of identity theft and conspiracy to defraud the government. They each face up to 25 years in prison, fines of up to $250,000 and restitution.

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