Atlanta man attempts to defraud IRS of nearly $12 million

An Atlanta man used information from prisoners across the country in an attempt to defraud the IRS of more than $12 million, according to the US Department of Justice.

Qadir Shabazz, 38, of Atlanta, had his initial appearance Jan. 2 on federal charges of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and theft of government funds, according to a press release.

“This defendant is charged with concocting a scheme that used the identities of inmates in prisons across the country to file fraudulent tax returns that in total sought millions of dollars in tax refunds,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement.

Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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