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Posted: 4:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

Dayton man sent to prison for tax fraud, ID theft

By Breaking News Staff

CINCINNATI —

A federal judge sent a 42-year-old Dayton man to prison for identity theft and filing false claims with the Internal Revenue Service.

Hiszan Blackford was sentenced Friday to 16 months in prison, 3 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $80,478 in restitution to the IRS, according to a release from the IRS Cincinnati Office.

Court documents indicate Blackford gave people employment application forms to get their names, addresses, dates of birth and social security numbers. He then filed fradulent tax returns using the stolen identities, according to the release.

"The income tax refunds were deposited into bank accounts controlled by Blackford ... (who) convinced other individuals to allow him to use their bank accounts to deposit income tax refunds and paid these individuals to do so," according to the releae.

Blackford and others stole the identities of at least 25 people and filed 37 false tax returns, resulting in $80,478 in false refund claims, according to the release.

Assistant United States Attorney Alex R. Sistla prosecuted the case, which was investigated by special agents of the IRS-Criminal Investigation.

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