Man pleads guilty to filing tax returns with other people's identities

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Posted on October 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 3:37 PM

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NEW ORLEANS -- A New Orleans man pleaded guilty to charges Wednesday that he filed unauthorized tax returns and then kept hundreds of thousands of dollars to himself.

United States Attorney Jim Letten said Darvell Hall, 32, pleaded guilty to a two-count bill of information charging him with making false claims to an agency of the United States and Wire Fraud.

Letten said Hall prepared the taxes for 48 people from March 2009 through March 2011 without their knowledge.

He would get his victims' personal information, everything from Social Security numbers to birth dates, and then file the returns. The money would then be deposited into bank accounts under his control.

Hall, who has agreed to pay full restitution, received nearly $320,000 through the scheme.

Letten said many of the victims didn't know Hall and were either minors or in jail.

Hall faces 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 9.

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