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Norfolk man sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for tax fraud scheme

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Posted at 2:37 PM, Nov 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-09 14:37:37-05

Norfolk, Va. – A Norfolk man will spend 218 months in prison and 3 years of supervised released after creating a tax fraud scheme.

Ronald Chisholm, 53, was convicted on 19 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud and identity theft in connection to a scheme to defraud the IRS.

Chisholm was found guilty of the charges on July 28.

In 2013, Chisholm’s scheme was discovered after a local check cashing business noticed an employee cashed over $2 million in U.S. Treasury checks, according to court documents.

Court documents and evidence also say Tanya Evans, the employee from the check cashing business, said Chisholm paid her $200 per check to cash treasury checks, a violation of the business’s policies.

IRS investigators found that Chisholm and his co-conspirators stole people’s personal identification information and filed at least 698 fraudulent income tax returns.

Chisholm and his co-conspirators got $2.2 million in fraudulent income tax refunds.

Tanya Evans was sentenced to 87 months in prison. Mark Jones, Sr., another one of Chisholm’s conspirators, will be sentenced on November 16 and faces a sentence of 87-102 months behind prison bars.