Man admits using others’ names to get tax refunds


Over 80% of Americans file their taxes electronically. This photograph shows an IRS Income Tax Form 1040 on a laptop monitor.

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ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis man could face up to 10 years in prison after admitting using names of acquaintances to obtain tax refunds.

Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Tyron Kemp pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of filing false claims with the IRS. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 4.

Kemp, who also lists Riverview, Florida, as his address, admitted that he electronically filed 37 false tax returns from October 2013 through March 2015. He submitted W-2 forms falsely showing wage amounts and taxes withheld in amounts designed to generate refunds. The IRS paid out more than $54,000 in claims.

Kemp lived in Tucson, Arizona, as an adolescent. Federal prosecutor say he used names and identifications of people he knew from Tucson, all without their permission.

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