BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (6/10/13)--Eight people in Alabama, including a state prison inmate, have been indicted in a five-year-long federal tax refund fraud scheme in which some of the proceeds were deposited into an account at a credit union.
Shermaine "Shade" German, 56, an inmate at Bibb County Correctional Facility in Brent, is charged with leading the conspiracy, which occurred from January 2008 through last month, according to a press release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Birmingham.
He allegedly orchestrated the scheme from prison, where he obtained names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of other people, including fellow inmates on death row and those serving life without parole. That information was used to create false income tax returns under others' names with fabricated tax withholdings.
German also is accused of creating false power-of-attorney forms mailed with the false income tax returns. Others in the ring notarized the documents and used them to cash or deposit income tax refund checks received as part of the scheme, said the law enforcement agencies.
Others charged are: Ronald Webster, 55; Brenda Joyce McDonald, 55; and Yvette Berry Pinckney, 48, all of Montgomery; Marlo Yvette Miller, 46, and Irene King Douglas, 58, of Huntsville; Cynthia Dianne Ware, 49, of Eufaula; and Barbara Ann Grimes, 62, of Mobile.
Miller allegedly cashed or deposited fraudulent refund checks into Regions Bank and Redstone FCU, a $3.4 billion asset, Huntsville-based credit union.