Columbus Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing Identities, Filing 500 False IRS Returns


UPDATED: Wednesday September 4, 2013 12:11 PM

A Columbus man pleaded guilty to charges that he filed more than 500 false federal income tax returns.

Jonathan Webster, 34, admitted guilt to one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of wire fraud.

According to court officials, Webster obtained Social Security numbers of people through fictitious websites that he set up offering financial assistance to the needy.

The websites included "The Angel Charity" and "The Glory Charity."

Webster then used the information he obtained to file tax returns without the individual's knowledge.

He claimed $1,635,164 in tax refunds that he was not entitled from 2010 to 2013.

When Webster is sentenced, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, as well as restitution of almost $1.5 million.

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