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Smyrna man sentenced for claiming over $5 million in fake refunds

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A Smyrna man will serve 20 years in prison and is ordered to pay back more than $5 million for fake federal tax returns he claimed.

Mauricio Warner, 38, was sentenced Monday for deceiving more than 5,000 victims so he could get their names and Social Security numbers to file fraudulent tax refunds.

According to United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, the scam started in January 2011 and ended the following April. Warner reportedly told his victims they could apply for an "Obama stimulus payment" or "Free Government Money" simply by giving him their personal information.

Warner used a toll-free number in addition to word-of-mouth marketing to round up victims.

When filing the returns, Warner claimed false income amounts and student credits, all without the victims' knowledge. The refunds from the IRS went directly to bank accounts Warner controlled.

In April, Warner was convicted on 16 counts of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and filing false claims as well as two counts of money laundering.

Warner was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison and three years of supervised release. He also will have to pay $5,041,869 in restitution.

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