A 33-year-old Tampa resident who was a leader in a tax fraud scheme was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison Thursday for defrauding the federal government out of thousands of dollars by filing illegal tax returns.
Marterrance Holloway was sentenced to nine years and eight months in federal prison for committing tax fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Holloway was a mastermind of the illegal tax fraud scheme with Maurice Larry and his girlfriend Rashia Wilson. Larry has already been sentenced to more than eight years in one case and more than 14 years in another tax fraud case. Both sentences are being served concurrently. Wilson is serving more than 21 years.
In the scheme, thieves stole personal information to file tax returns and obtain fraudulent refunds. On the street, it is known as “TurboTax” and “drops.”
Three years ago, Holloway and Larry were filing fraudulent tax returns from a Tampa hotel room, according to the federal government. They used four computers to file the fraudulent information using the names of dead people. Investigators found ledgers, lists of names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers used by Holloway and Larry to file false tax returns.
“These individuals have demonstrated a blatant disregard of the integrity of the United States tax system and caused immeasurable hardship to innocent victims and deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” said James Robnett, IRS criminal investigation special agent in charge for the Tampa Field Office.