Smyrna man sentenced in $5 million tax fraud

Smyrna man sentenced in $5 million tax fraud

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ATLANTA (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a metro Atlanta man has been sentenced to 20 years in an identity theft and tax fraud scheme.

Prosecutors said Monday that 38-year-old Mauricio Warner of Smyrna was sentenced for claiming more than $5 million in fraudulent refunds.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement Warner filed more than 5,000 fraudulent tax returns using stolen names and social security numbers between 2011 and 2012.

Yates says victims were told they could apply for an "Obama stimulus payment" of "Free Government Money" by giving providing their names and social security numbers. Authorities say Warner used word-of-mouth marketing and a toll-free number to solicit victims.

Warner has been ordered to serve three years of supervised release after his sentence and pay more than $5 million in restitution.

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