Montgomery, AL–A federal grand jury in Montgomery, Ala., returned an indictment charging a man for using stolen identities to file false tax returns.
According to the indictment, Harvey James obtained stolen identities from individuals who had access to inmate information from the Alabama Department of Corrections. James and others used those inmate names to file false federal and state tax refunds. James directed some of the false refunds to be sent to either prepaid debit cards or issued via check. He directed some of the prepaid debit cards and state tax refund checks to be mailed to various addresses on a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier’s route which was located in Montgomery, Ala. Between 2010 and 2012, James and others are alleged to have filed over 2,000 federal and state income tax returns that claimed over $2.5 million in fraudulent tax refunds.
If convicted, James faces 20 years imprisonment for each mail fraud count and a mandatory 2-year sentence for the aggravated identity theft counts. He is also subject to fines, mandatory restitution, and forfeiture if convicted.