56-member crime ring apprehended by multiple agencies in Georgia


Stacy Williams, age 42


Statesboro, Georgia

What he did

Participated in a large-scale identity theft and tax fraud scheme.

How he did it

Stacy Williams was a participant in a 56-member crime ring. Like all other identity theft-tax fraud operations, theirs involved obtaining personal identifying information (names, social security numbers and dates of birth) and then preparing and filing false tax returns in order to collect tax refunds for their personal use. What was unique about this case was the sheer magnitude of the operation and the government’s efforts to apprehend all of those involved. The 15 members of the Claxton branch of the tax fraud ring alone were apprehended by the IRS Criminal Investigations Division, Statesboro Police Department, Claxton Police Department, Swainsboro Police Department, Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, Evans County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshals Service, Georgia State Patrol and Georgia State Probation Office.

The charges

Williams was charged in April of 2014 and convicted on September 30, 2014 of the following:

The sentence

Williams was sentenced on June 23, 2015 to 94 months in prison and three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $84,940. William’s co-conspirators were all sentenced to between 5 months’ probation and 126 months in prison.

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