Man gets 5 years for tax fraud involving gangs

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man who filed more than 600 fraudulent tax returns for gang members and other people has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.

A judge Tuesday also ordered 27-year-old Daion Bowers to pay back more than $1.2 million in bad refunds his tax returns paid out from the federal government.

Investigators say Bowers recruited several people to help him get names and identifying information, including several members of the Bloods Street Gang in Columbia.

Authorities say Bowers and others filed for $2.5 million in fraudulent refunds, but only received about $1.2 million.

Prosecutors say Bowers pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He was sentenced to 63 months in prison.

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