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Man steals millions using identities of the dead

By Jessica Quick, Meteorologist & Digital Content Director, jessicaq@kmiz.com
Published On: Mar 28 2014 04:31:15 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -

A Georgia man has been indicted in federal court for stealing the identities of several deceased people to
get more than $2.3 million in tax refunds from several states, including Missouri.

40-year-old Sirhon Rivers was charged in a sealed 32-count indictment on March 19. It was unsealed when
Rivers appeared in court in Atlanta this past Tuesday.

The indictment alleges Rivers illegally obtained $547,000 from the Missouri Department of Revenue by filing fraudulent tax returns.

Rivers allegedly used the same scheme in other states, stealing a total of $2,365,000 in fraudulent state tax refunds.

The indictment says Rivers had allegedly done this from January 2008 to August 2012.

Rivers is said to have obtained personal identification information including names, social security numbers, and birth dates from people who had died.

He allegedly submitted state tax returns using that information and added false and fake information such as employment and wages earned.

These tax returns were sent in electronically with the refunds electronically transferred to bank accounts that Rivers opened at several banks.

Rivers is charged with 25 counts of wire fraud, 5 counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Rivers to forfeit any property he bought with stolen money to the government. 

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