Two Kentucky Men Sentenced to Prison for Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

Aug. 12 – Two Kentucky men were sentenced to between five and more than six years in prison today after pleading guilty in April and May to conspiring to defraud the United States, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo, head of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, and U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey of the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Billy Ray Hamilton and Brian Hamilton were sentenced to serve 60 months and 82 months in prison, respectively.  According to court documents, during the years 2011 and 2012, the Hamiltons conspired with others at the Bailey Switch Pawn Shop in Knox County, Kentucky, to submit false income tax returns to fraudulently obtain tax refunds.  The Hamiltons prepared and electronically submitted to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) numerous false federal tax returns.  In some cases, they used the identification information of customers of the Bailey Switch Pawn Shop, without their knowledge or consent.  In other cases, they obtained taxpayers’ information through a co-conspirator.

In addition to the prison terms, U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar of the Eastern District of Kentucky ordered Billy Ray Hamilton to serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $272,808.98.  Judge Thapar ordered Brian Hamilton to serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $221,728.74.

On July 12, co-conspirator Patsy Carnes was sentenced to 22 months in prison, and co-conspirator Diana Hill was sentenced to 16 months in prison, for their roles in the scheme.

SOURCE: Dept. of Justice

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