Knoxville man faces 7 years in prison for attempting to file false income tax returns

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville man was sentenced to serve seven years in prison for attempting to file false income tax returns totaling a nearly $1 million refund, by using personal identification information of many people while in jail.

James Glenn Collins, Jr., 48, pleaded guilty to a federal indictment in January 2015.

According to the plea agreement with the U.S. District Court, while serving at a state correctional facility, Collins was able to obtain personal information, including social security numbers and dates of birth of several people to create and file fraudulent tax returns.

With the help of friends and family, he received refund checks and cashed them, as described in the plea agreement.

The attempted tax refunds totaled $993,576. The actual amount of loss to the IRS was approximately $150,464.67, according to the Eastern District of Tennessee U.S. District Attorney William Killian.

Others involved in this conspiracy include: Tenna Allison, 59, of Knoxville, who pleaded guilty to theft of public money and was sentenced to five years of probation; James Scott Huskey, 52, of Knoxville, pleaded guilty to theft of public money and was sentenced to serve five years of probation; Natosha Nicole Cooper, 29, of Knoxville, pleaded guilty to theft of public money and was sentenced to serve six months in prison and six month of house arrest, followed by three years of supervised release; and Mona Griffith, 56, of Nesbit, Mississippi, pleaded guilty to theft of public money and was sentenced to serve three years of probation.

In addition to his prison sentence, Collins was ordered to pay $150,464.67 in restitution to the IRS jointly and severally with Allison, Huskey, Cooper and Griffith.

This investigation was conducted by the IRS- Criminal Investigation and U.S. Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kolman represented the United States.Copyright 2015 WATE. All rights reserved.

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