Marnay Love: Manager of check-cashing store sentenced in huge tax refund scam

CINCINNATI – The manager of a check-cashing store convicted in a huge tax-refund scam was sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay more than $100,000 in restitution, the IRS criminal investigation office says.

Marnay Love, 34, of Cincinnati, helped cash at least 43 income tax refund checks between January 2011 and September 2012, according to court documents.

Love, a manager at ACE Cash Express, and others conspired in a half-million dollar scheme by filing false federal income tax returns. Love cashed the checks, kept some of the money and gave the rest to her accomplices, the IRS says.

The false claims were submitted under the stolen identities of elderly and disabled persons, the IRS says.

Love was ordered to pay $84,090 to the IRS and $17,350 to ACE Cash Express. Love pleaded guilty last March.

Four others have pleaded guilty in the scheme.

Ellis Scott, 32, of Cincinnati, pleaded to one count of conspiracy to submit false claims for federal income tax refunds and two counts of aggravated identity theft.  Scott is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 2.

The others have already been sentenced.

> Bridgette Jones, 34, of Cincinnati : 61 months in prison, ordered to pay $477,490 to the IRS for conspiring to submit false claims for federal income tax refunds and committing aggravated identity theft.

> Dione Howard, 33, of Cincinnati: 12 months and one day in prison, ordered to pay $30,129 to the IRS for conspiring to submit false claims for federal income tax refunds and unlawful use of a means of identification.

>  Latasha Hampton, 34, of Cincinnati: 10 months in prison, ordered to pay $84,090 to the IRS for conspiring to submit false claims for federal income tax refunds with the IRS and for forging endorsements on U.S. Treasury checks.

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