AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A former Richmond County Sheriff's deputy was sentenced to two years in prison his role in a fraudulent tax refund scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.
Sean Lydell Street, 39, was found guilty of collecting the names, birth dates and social security numbers of more than 100 people, according to the attorney's office. Street gathered the information in late 2011 and early 2012 while working as a deputy for the sheriff's office.
According to evidence presented during the guilty plea and sentencing hearings, Street passed the information on to an acquaintance, knowing that it would be used to file fraudulent tax returns with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. In exchange, Street expected to get at least $1,000 per stolen identity.
The people Street to whom Street passed the information filed 76 bogus tax returns using the information on Street's list, according to the attorney's office. That totaled to $414,826 in false refunds, but the IRS only paid $76,424 in refunds before discovering the fraud.