Metro Atlanta man sentenced in tax fraud scheme

Published On: Aug 27 2014 04:02:58 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Smyrna man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison in an identity theft and tax fraud scheme.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement Monday that 29-year-old Michael Awiti was sentenced to six years and three months in prison and has been ordered to pay more than $1.7 million in restitution.

Authorities say Awiti owned and operated Fidelity Financial LLC in Smyrna and used stolen personal information from hundreds of people to prepare fraudulent tax returns. Authorities say many of the victims were children.

Prosecutors say Awiti sought to claim more than $2.6 million in fraudulent returns and was paid more than $1.7 million because the IRS rejected some of his claims.

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