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Georgia Mann sentenced to prison for his role in identity theft – Press Releases

A Georgia man was sentenced yesterday in Nevada to 18 months in prison for involvement in an identity theft conspiracy.

Melvin Orellana of Rome, Georgia was a computer support worker for a company that provided tax software for companies to prepare tax returns in the United States. King Isaac Umoren ran Universal Tax Services (UTS), a Las Vegas-based tax consulting firm that used Orellana’s company’s tax software. From around May 2016 to November 2017, Orellana conspired with Umoren to steal and transfer taxpayer and personally identifiable information from the tax software business. Umoren sought this taxpayer information to falsely inflate UTS’s customer base in order to fraudulently sell UTS to an unsuspecting buyer. In exchange for the stolen taxpayer data, Umoren agreed to pay Orellana $20,000 after the sale of UTS. In August 2017, Orellana Umoren provided taxpayer data for approximately 12,000 taxpayers whose returns were prepared by companies using the tax software. In November 2017, Umoren used this taxpayer data to fraudulently sell UTS for $6.7 million.

In addition to the prison sentence, US District Judge Andrew Gordon of the US District Court of Nevada ordered Orellana to be released under supervision for three years.

Acting Assistant Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Department of Justice Tax Division and US Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada made the announcement.

The IRS Criminal Investigation Department and the Financial Inspector for the Tax Administration investigated the case.

Trial Attorneys Sarah A. Kiewlicz and Patrick Burns of the Department of Justice’s Tax Division prosecuted the case.

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