According to U.S. attorney L. Beck Jr. and assistant attorney General Kathryn Keneally, Harvey James was suspected guilty to aggravated identity theft tax return fraud (one of the most committed types of identity theft) and mail fraud. The resident of Birmingham, Alabama conducted a scheme called Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (“SIRF”) scheme.
Harvey James and his sister Jacqueline Slaton stole identities of various prisoners from the Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC). A woman named Sasha Webb from the DOC provided them with the inmate information. It was found that the woman was a medical records clerk at the department. They used the information for many years to file fraudulent tax returns which claimed fraudulent refunds. They sent the fraudulent tax refunds to prepaid checks and debit cards.
He was also assisted by a U.S. Postal Service employee named Vernon Harrison in his crime. The postal employee provided him with various addresses which were used as mailing addresses for the fraudulent checks and debit cards. In return, he got a considerable amount of money. There was a mediator between Harrison and James who was responsible for the transfer of debit cards and checks. James filed around 1000 federal and state income tax returns which claimed almost $1 million in tax refunds.
The identity theft tax return fraud Case was inspected by the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and the U.S. Postal Office. The case was prosecuted by trial attorneys Jason Poole and Michael Boteler with the support of assistant U.S. attorney Todd Brown.
James was imprisoned for 9 years and 2 months along with 3 years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay $618,042 as compensation. Slaton was sentenced to 70 months in prison.
Harrison has convicted earlier also, for aggravated identity theft, filing false claims and stealing mail. He was imprisoned for 9 years and 3 months, 3 years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $82,791 in restitution.