- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 4, 2017

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida man has been convicted for his role in a federal income tax fraud scheme that involved more than 1,600 returns seeking $6.1 million in phony refunds.

The Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday that a federal jury found 28-year-old Corry Pearson guilty of multiple counts of aggravated identity theft, money laundering and wire fraud. Two women previously pleaded guilty to being part of the illegal operation.

Trial evidence showed the group filed the false returns between 2012 and 2014. While the returns sought $6.1 million in refunds, the government paid out $1.3 million. The returns were filed using stolen identities, including prison inmates.

Pearson, of Riviera Beach, could get dozens of years behind bars when he is sentenced in December.

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