Two Georgia state inmates have been sentenced for committing tax fraud from prison using stolen identities.
Both prisoners instructed a tax preparer to file income tax returns with stolen names and Social Security numbers while serving sentences in the Georgia Department of Corrections, according to a news release.
Enrique Toribio, 30, and Marcus Burke, 35, pleaded guilty and were convicted of two counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of conspiracy to commit tax fraud.
Burke, of Atlanta, was serving a 20-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter when he provided 29 stolen identities using a contraband cell phone from Hancock State Prison, the release said. He was sentenced to three years and three months.
Toribio, of Gainesville, provided 39 stolen identities while serving an 18-year sentence for aggravated assault. He was sentenced to four years.
Toribio enlisted his mother 48-year-old, Rosa Toribio-Gama, and 25-year-old sister, Lupita Rodriguez-Toribio, to sign the fraudulent income tax returns, according to the charges. They were sentenced to probation and ordered to pay $3,650 in restitution.