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Tampa man gets prison for tax fraud

TBO.com staff

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A Tampa man was sentenced to two years in federal prison in an identity theft case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said today.

Kesham Evans Jr. pleaded guilty Jan. 4, according to officials.

According to court documents, Evans sold two U.S. Treasury checks to undercover law enforcement agents in July. The checks came from tax returns filed in the names of individuals who were victims of identity theft and had a total face value of more than $25,000.

At least one of the victims confirmed that he did not file a tax return and that the check issued in his name was fraudulent. The victim did not know Evans nor did he authorize Evans to endorse a check issued in his name, officials said.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the IRS, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Tampa police.

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