Check casher sentenced to prison for fraudulently cashing 250 tax-refund checks worth $645,000, officials said Tuesday.
A federal judge sentenced George Rowell, 61, Columbus, Georgia resident to 18 months in prison for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme, federal officials announced.
According to documents filed with the court, George Rowell, 61, owned and operated Big O’s Package Store in Columbus, which offered check-cashing services.
Between February 2012 and March 2013, federal agents approached Rowell about cashing fraudulently obtained refund checks for people whose names did not appear on the checks, according to authorities.
Despite being warned, Rowell cashed checks in bulk for several co-conspirators even though the checks were not in their names.
Rowell also allowed at least one co-conspirator to forge in front of him the signature of the taxpayers to whom the checks were made payable.
Officials said Rowell charged his co-conspirators a 10 percent fee and in 2013 cashed over 250 refund checks worth more than $645,000.
In addition to the term of prison imposed, Rowell was ordered to serve three years of supervised release to the IRS in the amount of $645,343.03.
Rowell pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit theft of public money in August 2016.
Rowell’s co-conspirators previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison, according to officials.
In Dec. 2016, Tonya Alexander was sentenced to serve 37 months in prison. In September 2015, Keisha Lanier was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison. In August 2015, Tracy Mitchell was sentenced to serve 13 years and three months in prison.Warning: file_get_contents(): https:// wrapper is disabled in the server configuration by allow_url_fopen=0 in /hermes/bosweb26a/b360/ipg.sbnotebookcom/wp-content/themes/goodnews5/framework/functions/posts_share.php on line 151 Warning: file_get_contents(https://plusone.google.com/_/+1/fastbutton?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cjnotebook.com%2Fcheck-casher-sentenced-to-prison-for-cashing-fraudulently-obtained-tax-refund-check%2F): failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /hermes/bosweb26a/b360/ipg.sbnotebookcom/wp-content/themes/goodnews5/framework/functions/posts_share.php on line 151