- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Four people have entered guilty pleas in federal court in Portland in a phony tax return scheme that prosecutors say claimed more than $1 million in refunds.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/bZcfFA ) the defendants are accused of conspiring to file more than 200 phony returns.

A man described as a key player, 32-year-old Jheraun Dunlap, acknowledged Monday that the tax returns he filed were fraudulent. Under his plea agreement, he’s expected to be sentenced to more than five years in prison.

Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Jones accepted guilty pleas from Dunlap and three co-conspirators.

Ernest Bagsby is expected to serve about five years; Jermaine Moore is expected to serve a little less than four years; and Brandi McCall is expected to be sentenced to 12 months.

Prosecutors say the conspirators filed false returns using the names and Social Security numbers of other people, with refunds mailed back in the form of stored-value debit cards.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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