UPDATED: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:08pm
Killeen, Texas (KWKT) — Three Killeen residents have plead guilty to identity theft and federal tax fraud.
Albert Powell, Paris Stephens and Ronnie Cole could face up to 25 years in prison. Ronnie Cole and Paris Stephens pleaded guilty in Austin last week to U.S. District Judge Mark Lane.
According to a criminal complaint, authorities believe the false claims occurred in a span of two years between January 2011, and December 2013.
Together the group submitted tax refunds claims using stolen identities. The group filed tax claims for more than $1.3 million and received $490,000 in returns from 2010 to 2012.
The complaint said, most of the information was stolen from job applications from a Wendy's in Chicago, where Powell previously worked as a manager, and from a fast food restaurant in Killeen.
Tax return checks were sent to an address in Killeen and issued using Turbo Tax. The three were arrested on March 19, after the Internal Revenue Criminal Investigations Unit began looking into the scheme.