Residents of Richmond and San Pablo linked to tax return scheme

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Residents of Richmond and San Pablo linked to tax return scheme

Two Richmond residents and a San Pablo woman have been accused of filing fraudulent federal tax returns using stolen identities and of helping others file false returns, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

San Pablo resident Carol Bryant, otherwise known as Carol Lawson, and Richmond residents Mark Russell and Anyssa Hall, are facing charges of conspiracy to file false claims, wire fraud, theft of public money, aiding and abetting, and aggravated identity theft.

The indictment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, states that from Jan. 9, 2009 through May 4, 2009, the trio filed false federal income tax returns using identities that they and others stole, and also helped willing participants of the scheme file false returns. They then allegedly had the Internal Revenue Service deposit the false returns into bank accounts they controlled and accessed using debit cards.

Russell and Bryant were arrested on Monday and made their first court appearance Monday. Hall has been labeled a fugitive.

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