6 People Indicted On Charges Regarding Tax Scheme

By Donesha Aldridge

Six people have been indicted on federal charges related to a scheme to pocket refunds from the filing of false income tax returns involving former or current Mississippi inmates.

Court documents show a trial date of April 8 has been set for the six defendants in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

According to court documents, the government contends Marietta Harris, Ladonna Cooper, Tony Jones, Nikki Thomas, Sekeila Jones and S'ade Tyler stole the inmates' identities.

They allegedly created and filed federal income tax returns and had tax refunds deposited into their bank accounts.

Nearly $40,000 was deposited into bank accounts the six allegedly controlled in January 2009, according to court documents.

Prosecutors say the refunds were electronically transferred to accounts at four banks. Prosecutors say there were 42 transactions.

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