Monday, July 28 2014 5:47 AM EDT2014-07-28 09:47:04 GMT
Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.Full Story >
Israeli jets pounded three Hamas sites in Gaza on Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel, disrupting a relative lull in the war-torn territory at the start of a major Muslim holiday.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 5:01 AM EDT2014-07-28 09:01:08 GMT
BY: Megan O'Rourke Vicious dog owners are the target of a new proposal that will be introduced next week by a Cincinnati councilman. Councilman Chris Seelbach said his proposal is different because itFull Story >
Vicious dog owners are the target of a new proposal that will be introduced next week by a Cincinnati councilman.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 4:51 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:51:51 GMT
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area. According to the National Weather Service, numerous trees and power lines were blown downFull Story >
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 4:48 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:48:16 GMT
A man was airlifted to the hospital late Sunday night after a pedestrian-involved crash. Police are investigating the hit and run reported just before midnight in Butler County. Officials say a pedestrianFull Story >
A man was airlifted to the hospital late Sunday night after a pedestrian-involved crash.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
A local woman has been sentenced to five years following an identity theft and tax refund scam.
Jones, 34, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was sentenced to 61 months in prison, three
years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $477,490 in restitution to
the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for her role in a scheme to defraud the IRS
by filing false claims for federal income tax refunds.
April 2013, Jones pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to submit false
claims for federal income tax refunds with the IRS and to one count of
aggravated identity theft.
to court documents, between January 2011 and September 2012 Jones conspired
with others in a scheme to obtain false claims for income tax refunds from the
IRS by electronically filing false 2010 and 2011 federal income tax returns claiming
at least $654,550 in refunds that they knew they were not entitled. For
restitution purposes, the total actual loss associated with this conspiracy is
primary role in the scheme was to prepare and submit false returns to the IRS
using stolen identities. Co-conspirator Ellis Maurice Scott unlawfully
obtained the individual names, dates of birth, and social security numbers used
to prepare and file the false income tax returns. Jones and Scott kept
lists of these individual's identities to be used in filing false income tax
returns for multiple income tax years. These same lists were also used to
track the status of the individual's income tax return and income tax
refund. Jones had in her possession the names, dates of birth, and social
security numbers of over 300 individuals and information related to the filing
of corresponding income tax returns filed with those individuals' stolen
used these stolen identities to prepare and file false income tax returns from
various locations in Cincinnati, Ohio. These income tax returns contained
fabricated information as it related to the taxpayer, including addresses,
dependents, occupations, income amounts, and education expenses. The
inclusion of this false information often qualified the taxpayer listed on the
income tax return to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit and the American
Opportunity Tax Credit.
example, Jones filed a false income tax return using the stolen identity of a
particular individual. Jones then received the income tax refund in the
form of an U.S. Treasury check, which was cashed at ACE Cash Express in
Cincinnati, Ohio. Records from a local rehabilitation center that
included this individual's personal identification information were found in
also directed the method in which the income tax refund would be received, to
include U.S. Treasury checks and prepaid debit cards that were mailed to
addresses controlled by Scott and others in this conspiracy.
also provided U.S. Treasury checks to Latasha Hampton, who had been recruited
by Scott, for cashing at ACE Cash Express and collected the proceeds from those
checks. In addition, Jones used prepaid debit cards in the names of other
individuals, without their consent, to withdraw income tax refund monies.
Specifically, Jones withdrew cash at a Wal-Mart using a prepaid debit card
containing the income tax refund associated with an income tax return filed in
the name of a 90 year old individual residing in a local senior assisted living
April 2013, Ellis Scott, 32, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty to one count of
conspiracy to submit false claims for federal income tax refunds with the IRS
and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Scott is scheduled to be
sentenced on December 2, 2013.
April 2013, Latasha Hampton, 34, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty to one count of
conspiracy to submit false claims for federal income tax refunds with the IRS
and one count of forging endorsements on U.S. Treasury checks. Hampton is
scheduled to be sentenced on October 16, 2013.
March 2013 Marnay Love, 34, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty to one count of
conspiracy to submit false claims for federal income tax refunds with the
IRS. Love is scheduled to be sentence on October 21, 2013.
September 10, 2013 Dione Howard, 33, of Cincinnati was sentenced to twelve
months and one day in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to
pay $30,129 in restitution to the IRS for conspiring to submit false claims for
federal income tax refunds with the IRS and for the unlawful use of a means of
announcement exemplifies IRS Special Agents' intense focus on the rigorous
pursuit of identity theft and refund fraud," said Kathy A. Enstrom, Special
Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office.
"Bridgette Jones perpetuated an elaborate scheme driven by insatiable
greed and a blatant disregard for the tremendous damage inflicted on innocent
victims. Be assured that IRS Criminal Investigation, together with our
partners at the U.S. Attorney's Office, will hold those who engage in similar
behavior fully accountable."
cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jessica W.
Knight and were investigated by special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity. According to WATE in Tennessee, the Sullivan CountyFull Story >
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.Full Story >
Sunday, July 27 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-07-27 13:32:04 GMT
The Lockland man who went missing on Friday was found dead in his car on Saturday. James Rolman, 72, was found in his car inside a silo at an abandoned trucking company at 205 Smalley Road Saturday in Lockland. Full Story >
The Lockland man who went missing on Friday was found dead in his car on Saturday. Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 3:21 AM EDT2014-07-28 07:21:57 GMT
A homicide victim has been identified after leading a police on a low-speed chase Saturday. According to court documents, Christopher R. McFerron was arrested after he fled from police on InterstatesFull Story >
A man has been arrested after leading a police on a low-speed chase Saturday.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 12:11 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:11:46 GMT
Since Israel's ground offensive began nearly three weeks ago a series of pro-Israel rallies have been held around the county. One such rally held today here in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Since Israel's ground offensive began nearly three weeks ago a series of pro-Israel rallies have been held around the county. One such rally held today here in Cincinnati. The main message expressed during today's rally was "I stand with Israel.Full Story >