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Davila gets 10 years for tax fraud

Schemer ordered to pay IRS back

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Calling him a "master" of theft, deception and fraud, U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall sentenced Anthony Davila to nearly a decade in prison for a fraud scheme that cost taxpayers almost a half-million dollars.

Davila, 45, chose to stand silent -- replying only "No, sir" to the judge's request for a statement -- as his sentence was given. He pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy in May. Authorities said Davila operated a scheme in Augusta from Jan. 1, 2005, to Dec. 31, 2007, in which he stole Florida prison inmates' identities and used them to file 120 false income tax returns.

He searched the Florida Department of Corrections Web site to find inmates serving terms of more than 15 years, authorities said. He then called court clerks' offices and used that information from the Web site to obtain the inmates' birth dates and Social Security numbers.

Davila used the Florida Secretary of State's Web page to find the tax identity numbers for large corporations registered in the state and obtained employer identification numbers. With that information, he crafted fake W2 forms and tax returns, authorities said.

Federal agents found that 87 tax-return checks were sent to 14 bank accounts set up in Davila's name.

As part of his plea to the conspiracy charge, the court dismissed the other 33 counts against Davila, including charges of aggravated identity theft, mail fraud and filing false income tax claims.

Speaking to Davila, Hall said the defendant's criminal record was extensive and earned him a "walk of fame in federal court in terms of criminal activity."

"Clearly it (the tax scheme) is not your first rodeo," he said.

In addition to his prison term, Davila was ordered to pay $423,530.63 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. Because it's unlikely he will be able to repay the full sum, a monthly payment plan was set up for him while incarcerated and for when he is released.

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airbud7
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airbud7 11/16/10 - 08:31 am
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This guy could have been a

This guy could have been a successful accountant
Its a shame he chose the wrong road. Greed!!!☺

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 11/16/10 - 09:06 am
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This guy ran this scheme for

This guy ran this scheme for YEARS before they caught him? Why?!?

tuffenuf4u
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tuffenuf4u 11/16/10 - 09:17 am
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He really thought he would

He really thought he would not get caught. That is why he ran this scheme for years. According to the article."Because it's unlikely he will be able to repay the full sum, a monthly payment plan was set up for him while incarcerated and for when he is released." Soooo, how is he supposed to make payments while he is incarcerated? If he had any money in his possession at all, and it was already determined he would never be able to make full restitution, then confiscate what he has, and write off the rest.

Quack Quack Quack
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Quack Quack Quack 11/16/10 - 09:40 am
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Although a small amount,

Although a small amount, Federal inmates earn money while incarcerated.

peonynut
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peonynut 11/16/10 - 09:44 am
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John Gotti would have loved

John Gotti would have loved to have this guy working for him.

Chillen
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Chillen 11/16/10 - 10:01 am
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The Fair Tax would prevent

The Fair Tax would prevent this from happening.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 11/16/10 - 11:08 am
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So now if he is smart he will

So now if he is smart he will be employed by the Government to help catch other criminals...he will write a book ..and become quite famous....when released he will make the talk show rounds.................

211lover
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211lover 11/16/10 - 11:17 am
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wow, that was a clever plan,
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wow, that was a clever plan, I have heard of people filing on the mental patients at Hwy 56, but wow, to devise a plan to file on inmates and the IRS has no way of knowing these guys are incarcerated ? seems to me he exposed a critical vulnerability in the governments system. One of thousands that is. Now how often does this happen? really, how many parents file on their incarcerated kids? I bet a LOT!

Farmboy
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Farmboy 11/16/10 - 03:30 pm
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Stupid people do stupid

Stupid people do stupid things.

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