Federal Inmate Sentenced For Conspiring With Brother In Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A federal prison inmate was sentenced today to an additional six years and three months in prison for conspiring with his brother to defraud the IRS as part of a fraudulent income tax refund scheme.

According to court documents, Jabari Laquan Marshall, who was serving a federal prison sentence for a prior mortgage fraud conviction, and his brother Jalen Tony Henry devised a scheme to defraud the IRS. As part of the scheme, Marshall provided Henry with false documents and directed Henry to file a false amended tax return for tax year 2014, claiming that over $5.5 million in federal income tax had been withheld on his behalf as a result of a fictitious intellectual property sale. Henry later submitted other fraudulent documents that supposedly documented the sale, and the IRS ultimately relied on these documents to issue a refund check for $1,439,039. Henry deposited the check into his bank account, and Marshall directed Henry to split the funds among their family members. Henry withdrew approximately $5,000 before his bank account was frozen. The IRS successfully recovered the remaining funds.

Marshall pleaded guilty in May 2021 to one count of theft of government property and one count of aggravated identity theft. In addition to the term of imprisonment, U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan ordered Marshall to pay restitution and sentenced him to three years of supervised release.

Co-defendant Henry pleaded guilty in May 2021 to one count of theft of government property. He was sentenced on August 26, 2021.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge C. Darren Lian for IRS-Criminal Investigation made the announcement.

This case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Schmale prosecuted the case.

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