Three sentenced for tax fraud in Albany

Identity tax fraud trio sentenced in Albany

ALBANY — Donalene Mosely of Albany, Kimberly Banks of Cordele and Arneshia Austin of Atlanta each were sentenced to time in federal prison Thursday for crimes relating to filing fraudulent income tax returns using stolen identities, a U.S. Department of Justice media release states.

Banks was ordered to spend 192 months in prison, the release states, with Mosley receiving a 37-month sentence and Austin a sentence of 21 months. The sentences were handed down in the C.B. King U.S. Courthouse in Albany.

According to officials, while Mosely and Austin each had pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges. Banks was convicted on Jan. 14, 2014, of conspiring to file false federal income tax returns in the names of stolen identities, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and theft of government money. All three of the defendants were ordered to pay $275,134 in restitution and to serve three years supervised release, the released stated.

Officials say that according to court documents and evidence introduced at trial, Banks, a former certified nursing assistant, obtained the names and Social Security numbers of nursing home patients from her employer and conspired with Mosely, Austin and others to use the stolen identifying information to steal money from the government in the form of tax refunds.

Officials say the case was investigated by special agents of the IRS-Criminal Investigation with the assistance of the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office. Trial Attorneys Kimberly Shartar and Alexander Effendi of the Tax Division prosecuted the case, officials say.