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Two tax fraud sentences in two days earns Tampa man 14 years

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TAMPA — Maurice Larry had two appointments with federal judges this week, both to hear his prison sentences for stolen identity tax refund fraud.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich gave the Tampa man, whose friends call him "Thirst," eight years and five months for filing fake returns in 2010 with defendant Marterrence "Quat" Holloway and customizing Camaros at taxpayer expense.

On Tuesday, in a separate case, U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. sentenced Larry, 27, to 14 years and six months for 2012 tax fraud with Rashia Wilson, the woman who drew attention to her crimes by posting photos of the spoils on Facebook.

The three became known as pioneers of Tampa tax fraud.

The government alleged that Wilson and Larry scammed the IRS out of at least $3.1 million, dwarfing the $238,573 attributed to Holloway and Larry.

The courts will allow Larry to serve his two sentences at the same time, meaning he'll get out of prison before Wilson, 27. The mother of three was sentenced to 21 years in July.

Defense attorney Grady Irvin, in a sentencing memorandum, tried to distance Larry from Wilson, noting that the men's clothes at her house didn't fit him — jail records put him at 5 feet 6 and 120 pounds — and that his visits to Wilson's house were "primarily for romantic liaisons."

The two knew each other for less than a year, Irvin wrote.

Larry was ordered to forfeit $181,890 in the first case, with Holloway, and more than $2.2 million in the case with Wilson. That was the amount of loss known at the time of the plea agreement.

Holloway, who also has pleaded guilty, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 16 by Kovachevich.

He and Larry have each done time in state prison on drug charges. In September 2010, Tampa police found the two, and three other men, in an east Tampa motel room with laptop computers, reloadable debit cards and other people's Social Security numbers.

The room was registered to Larry.

Staff writer Patty Ryan can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3382.

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