A man federal investigators say prepared tax returns on behalf of the Bloods street gang was sentenced for his role in more than 600 fraudulent returns.
Federal prosecutors say 27-year-old Daion Bowers filed the fraudulent tax returns for gang members and others for tax year 2011. He was sentenced to more than five years in prison Tuesday. Judge Joseph Anderson also ordered Bowers to pay back more than $1.2 million in bad refunds that his tax returns paid out from the federal government. He pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Investigators say Bowers recruited several people to help him get names and identifying information, including a few members of the Gangsta Killer Bloods gang in Columbia. Investigators said he worked with Tashanda “Big Momma Blood” Parker to recruit the names. Parker ultimately filed fraudulent electronic tax returns for several of those Bloods members. She pled guilty to wire fraud conspiracy earlier this year, but is still awaiting her sentence.
Prosecutors say Bowers was not a gang member himself.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Bowers and others filed for $2.5 million in fraudulent refunds, but they only received about $1.2 million. Bowers then had the refunds distributed through pre-paid credit cards and split the money with those who provided their personal information.
He was sentenced to 63 months in prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.