Leader in tax fraud sentenced to 8 years

Leader in tax fraud sentenced to 8 years

CHICAGO (AP) — A fifth and final defendant charged in an Illinois tax-fraud scheme has been sentenced to more than eight years behind bars.

A Tuesday statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Springfield says 44-year-old Clifton "Ty" Robinson was sentenced for fraud and aggravated identity theft convictions.

Prosecutors say Robinson, of Chicago, was the leader of the scheme that claimed more than $1.8 million in refunds from false tax returns.

Robinson and his four co-conspirators were also ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution to the IRS for hundreds of false income tax returns between 2012 and 2014.

Robinson was convicted in May at a bench trial. He was sentenced last week, the judge describing Robinson as the scheme's leader.

The other defendants received sentences of between a year and 26 months.

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