Manager of check-cashing store sentenced for participation in tax refund scam

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A 34-year-old Cincinnati woman has been sentenced for her participation in a tax refund scam while working as the manager of a check-cashing store.

Marnay Love, 34, of Cincinnati was ordered to pay $84,090 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), $17,350 in restitution to ACE Cash Express and serve eight months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to defraud the IRS by filing false claims for federal income tax refunds. Love pleaded guilty to this offense in March 2013.

The sentence was handed down by Chief U.S. District Judge Sandra S. Beckwith on Monday.

According to court documents, between January 2011 and September 2012 Love 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. According to the IRS, Love specifically assisted in the cashing of at least 43 U.S. Treasury income tax refund checks worth $84,090.

The IRS states that Love helped Latasha Hampton cash the income tax refund checks.  The false claims for income tax refunds were submitted to the IRS by Ellis Scott, Bridgette Jones, and Dione Howard.

Love worked as a manager at ACE Cash Express, a check-cashing establishment in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is where the income tax refund checks were cashed. Love sometimes cashed the income tax refund checks under account names that did not match the individual on the check. Officials say that once cashed, Love took a portion of the income tax refund check as a fee and gave the remaining money to Latasha Hampton.

Love admitted that none of the payees on the income tax refund checks ever came into ACE Cash Express with Latasha Hampton to have the checks cashed. Love further admitted to knowing that the income tax refund checks were the result of an income tax refund scheme, but did not know that the false claims filed for income tax refunds were submitted using the stolen identities of the elderly and disabled.

In addition, Love admitted to giving an individual $17,500 from ACE Cash Express after this individual entered the store and demanded cash from her.

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