WASHINGTON – An Elmore woman has been convicted of 14 counts of making false claims, two counts of theft of government money and two counts of aggravated identity theft, according to the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service.
According to the indictment and evidence introduced during trial, Sharon Thurman, owner of Sharon's Tax Service in Elmore, filed 14 fraudulent tax returns using stolen identities. Thurman then directed the tax refunds for those returns to be deposited into her bank accounts.
At trial, the 14 victims of identity theft testified that they did not know Thurman, they did not authorize her to file tax returns on their behalf, the tax returns filed by Thurman were fictitious and they did not receive any of the tax refunds from those false returns.
U.S. District Judge W. Harold Albritton III, has not yet scheduled sentencing. Thurman faces a minimum of two years in prison, a maximum of 94 years in prison and a maximum fine of $4 million.