Police: Man Uses Dead People's IDs to Get Millions in Tax Returns
JEFFERSON CITY - A Georgia man faces dozens of charges after allegedly receiving more than $2 million in fraudulent state tax returns.
A federal indictment claims Sirhon Rivers, also known as Ron, used the names, social security numbers and dates or birth of deceased individuals to submit fake tax returns in several states, including Missouri.
The indictment alleges Rivers received $547,000 from the Missouri Department of Revenue through the fake tax returns. Authorities said the scheme began in Jan. 2008 and lasted through Aug. 2012.
The Western District of Missouri U.S. Attorney's Office said Rivers added fake data about employment and wages earned in addition to the stolen identities.
In addition to wire fraud and identity theft conspiracy charges, Rivers faces 25 counts of wire fraud, five counts of aggravated identify theft and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. If found guilty, Rivers would be required to forfeit any property purchased with the stolen money.
The indictment was unsealed and made public following the Rivers' arrest and initial court appearance in Atlanta. He is in federal custody there pending a detention hearing.
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