Local man sentenced to more than 18 years in prison for tax fraud scheme

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk man has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison for a tax fraud scheme.

Ronald Chisholm, 53, was sentenced Monday to 218 months in prison for 19 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme to defraud the IRS.

According to court records, Chisholm, along with unidentified co-conspirators, stole the personal identifying information of numerous people and filed at least 698 fraudulent income tax returns.

Chisholm’s scheme was discovered in 2013 after a local check cashing business noticed one of its employees had cashed over $2 million in U.S. Treasury checks. According to court documents, Chisholm paid the check cashing employee $200 per check to cash the treasury checks in violation of the company’s policies.

Chisholm’s co-conspirators have both already pleaded guilty.  Tanya Evans, the employee of the check cashing business, was sentenced to 87 months and Mark J. Jones, Sr., will be sentenced on Nov. 16, 2015 and faces a sentence of 87-102 months.


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