MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Three people are headed to federal prison after pleading guilty in a scheme involving federal tax refunds.
A judge in Montgomery sentenced Chiquanta Davis to 5Â½ years in prison on Wednesday. Husband Terrence Davis was sentenced to 1Â½ years, and Laurekshia Blakely received a six-month term.
A statement from prosecutors says the charges stem from a sham tax business that Chiquanta Davis operated out of her home. She allegedly used stolen identities to obtain tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service.
They say she directed almost $1.5 million in fraudulent tax refunds to a bank account and used some of the money to buy items including a Cadillac Escalade.
Prosecutors say another $200,000 went to an account controlled by the woman’s husband, and refunds totaling about $24,000 went to Blakely.