Ala. man sentenced to 30 months in tax fraud plot


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A man accused of filing nearly 30 fraudulent tax 2011 tax returns and requesting more than $93,000 in refunds has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Corey Thompson was sentenced Tuesday and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to file false claims and aggravated identity theft. ( ) reports Thompson worked as an independent contractor installing cable and Internet service and took control of customers' Internet connections to file tax returns in the names of his customers. Officials say a prison guard and an employee at a debt collection agency helped Thompson gather sensitive information about the victims.

Officials say Thompson routed the returns to pre-paid debit cards, which were intercepted by the United States Postal Service.

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