John C. Stone
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) A South Carolina inmate was sentenced today in federal court for Conspiracy to Defraud the Government according to United States Attorney Bill Nettles.
John C. Stone, 32, formerly of Anderson, but now housed with the South Carolina Department of Corrections was given a sentence of 45 months and has been ordered to pay $134,468 in restitution to the government according to the Nettles.
According to the evidence presented, inmate Stone, caused fictitious tax returns to be filed using stolen identities requesting false refunds. For the tax year of 2008, Stone and others caused false returns to be submitted claiming over a million dollars in refunds.
The IRS caught most of the fake claims, but still paid over $275,000 in refunds.
He was assisted, according to the release, by Tasha Glover, who received approximately fifty false refund checks and cashed them at a convenience store in Augusta, in return for a fee from Stone. She was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay over $130,000 in restitution.
Another man, according to Nettles, Herbert Glover was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay $6,274.00.
Mr. Nettles state, "Our office will vigorously pursue those who abuse the tax system for personal gain, particularly those who do so from prison. Honest taxpayers deserve to know that their contributions are going to further the good work fo the federal government and not lining the pickes of criminals."
Special Agent in charge, Jeannine A. Hammett, John Stone thought he could steal from the US Treasury. Others involved in similar schemes should take heed because the IRS takes protecting tasks money extremely seriously."