U.S. Attorney Walt Green announced Friday the indictment of a Baton Rouge man accused of taking more than $100,000 in federal tax refunds, part of a string of similar tax fraud cases that have been prosecuted recently.
Cameron Butler, 33, took refunds through electronic deposits to bank accounts he controlled, Green said in a news release, though he knew the refunds belonged to other taxpayers. If Butler is convicted, he will face imprisonment, fines, restitution and forfeiture of the proceeds from the crime, Green said.
Butler’s indictment is part of a string of previous convictions that involved stolen identity refund fraud and other tax fraud schemes, including the convictions of Ta-sha Thomas, 26, and Shonda V. Johnson, 42, Green said.
Thomas, of Donaldsonville, used personal information she found in a database through her work at the Ascension Parish Health Unit and sold more than 400 Social Security numbers for between $8,000 and $9,000 to a woman, Mona Hill, who used them to file false federal tax returns, Green said.
Hill, of Plaquemine, received more than $400,000 worth of returns, Green said, and Johnson, of Baton Rouge, received several of them. Hill was sentenced to 5 ½ years in federal prison and had to pay $500,000 in restitution to the IRS, Green said. Thomas and Johnson have not yet been sentenced.