Alabama Woman Gets Four Years for Identity Theft

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The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that Larreka Jackson was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $721,519.12 in restitution for for her role in a conspiracy to use stolen identities to obtain tax refunds.

According to court documents, Jackson and Chiquanta Davis operated a tax preparation business in Montgomery, Ala., called It's Tax Time, as a front to file fraudulent returns using stolen identities. Jackson and Davis illegally obtained victims' names and Social Security numbers, then filed false tax returns in their names and directed the fraudulent refunds to bank accounts under their control.

In August of 2012, Jackson was charged with 25 counts of conspiring to file false tax returns using stolen identities, filing false claims, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. She pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to file false claims and one count of aggravated identity theft in January 2013.

Davis was previously sentenced to 66 months in prison for her role in the scheme.