ATLANTA -- Federal prosecutors said Wednesday a Marietta man cheated the Internal Revenue Service out of $2.8 million in tax refunds by filing false returns from state prison.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Arnold Tobias Gervais, 34, admitted in U.S. District Court that he’d hoped to get more than $3.4 million in federal tax refunds before his scheme of claiming wages and withholdings from a fictitious company unraveled, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Prosecutors said Gervais was in state prison in 2009 serving time for trying to get more than $600,000 in state income tax refunds illegally when he had his wife file a 2008 return to get more than $800,000 in federal refunds illegally.
Prosecutors said Gervais sought refunds of more than $3.4 million, and was able to persuade the IRS to refund him $2.8 million. The agency, however, was able to recover $2.2 million from accounts Gervais controlled.