Man sentenced to 6+ years for tax fraud conspiracy

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – An S.C. man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison on false claims conspiracy and aggravated identity theft charges, according to U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose.

34-year-old Carmichael Cornilus Hill, of Greenville, S.C., was sentenced to 75 months in prison, and was also ordered to serve 3 years under court supervision and to pay $219,118 as restitution to the IRS.

According to court records, Hill provided his two co-conspirators, Senita Birt Dill and Ronald Jeremy Knowles, with fraudulently-obtained personal identification information of individuals which Dill and Knowles used to file more than 1,000 false tax returns resulting in the collection of more than $3.5 million in fraudulent tax refunds.

Court records indicate that Dill and Knowles shared with Hill and other co-conspirators the fraudulently-obtained refunds. Court records also show that, at times, Hill permitted Dill to directly deposit the fraudulent refunds into his bank account.

Hill pleaded guilty in April of 2016 to one count of false claims conspiracy and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Dill and Knowles were previously sentenced to 324 and 70 months in prison, respectively, for their involvement in the conspiracy.

Two additional defendants, Yolanda Kitson and Cara Michelle Banks, were sentenced to 72 and 70-month prison terms for their participation in the tax fraud scheme.

Hill will not be eligible for parole.

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