“This defendant is accused of attempting to defraud the U.S. Treasury out of millions of dollars by seeking 1,200 tax refunds in the names of unsuspecting taxpayers,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.
According to Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court, from 2010 through May 2013, Thomas orchestrated a scheme to file over 1,200 false tax returns using the names and social security numbers of various victims, many of whom were incarcerated in jails or prisons throughout the country. The false tax returns claimed over $5.5 million in fraudulent tax refunds which were directed to be deposited into bank accounts controlled by Thomas or individuals working with him. The scheme caused an actual loss of over $1.6 million in taxpayer money.
In conjunction with the arrest of Thomas, two locations, a business named Immaculate Autos in Kennesaw and his primary residence in Acworth were searched by federal agents. Both are suspected to be places where electronic returns were submitted to the IRS.
The indictment charges 10 counts of wire fraud, 10 counts of aggravated identity theft and 8 counts of theft of government funds.