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Probation officer sentenced in tax fraud scheme

TAMPA -- A Hillsborough County juvenile probation officer federally charged last year with using the identities of minors on probation to obtain tax refunds was sentenced to just more than seven years in prison Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Corey A. Coley, Sr. pleaded guilty on Jan. 15. to charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich sentenced him to seven years and three months in prison Thursday and also ordered him to pay $671,023, the minimum amount he and three co-conspirators obtained from fraudulent tax refunds.

The co-conspirators, Albert E. Moore, Jr., Tigi Moore and Mattie Philon, previously pleaded guilty. Albert E. Moore, a Walmart employee, was sentenced to six years and three months. Tigi Moore, who worked as a data integrity specialist at Tampa General Hospital, was sentenced to four years. Philon was sentenced to two years.

According to court documents, Coley obtained identities of minors on probation and Tigi Moore obtained identities from patients at TGH. The information was used to file fraudulent returns requesting more than $1.8 million in tax refunds, the government alleged. Albert E. Moore and Philon also participated in the scheme, according to court documents. Each is jointly liable for the money owed.

Probation officer sentenced in tax fraud scheme 04/24/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:14pm]
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