Yolanda Blount, aka Yolanda King, of Macon, Georgia was sentenced to serve 324 months (27 years) imprisonment in a case of wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy, theft of public money, aggravated identity theft and access device fraud.  The Court also ordered Ms. Blount to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $493,507. Ms. Blount entered a plea of guilty to the charges on September 4, 2013.  In her plea agreement, the defendant admitted that beginning in 2010, she obtained stolen identities of nursing home patients and used that information to file fraudulent income tax returns. Some federal tax refunds were processed in the names of the patients and mailed to Ms. Blount’s address. Others were directly deposited into a bank account belonging to the defendant.

Blount demanded refund claims against the Government in the amount of $511,951.00. From those claims, the Internal Revenue Service actually paid out $460,692 in false claims. The total amount of actual loss to the United Sates, including the nursing home patient refunds and the Capital City Bank refunds, was $493,506.60. The total amount of fraudulent refund claims is $550,151.