Heath was found guilty of aggravated identity theft and for filing a false claim with the Internal Revenue Service, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.
Heath was also ordered to pay $172,756 in restitution to the IRS.
In August 2010, Heath took records with personal information of clients from College Consultant Group Inc. after the business had ceased operations, said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the Department of Justice, U.S Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado.
Heath used the records to create counterfeit government photo IDs.
Using this information, Heath filed false Form 1040s, U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns in the victims’ names, Dorschner said in a news release. Heath also created false W-2s and wage and tax statements.
Heath received fraudulent refunds ranging from $7,000 to $23,000 for each of the false claims filed with the IRS, totaling over $275,000. Of that total, $172,756 were fraudulent tax returns for Heath.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service assisted in the investigation, which was prosecuted in Colorado, by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hosley.
The Heath case was on the IRS’ Dirty Dozen Tax Scam list released last week, said Stephen Boyd, IRS criminal investigation special agent in charge, Denver Field Office.
“Honest taxpayers should be aware of these scams to help protect themselves,” Boyd said.