Acting U.S. Attorney Louis D. Lappen announced Wednesday a former employee of Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia was sentenced to 30 months in prison for aiding and abetting the preparation of false federal income tax returns, conspiring to defraud the IRS, aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.
Fifty-year-old Gebah Kamara was employed as a social worker with Catholic Social Services from 2007 through October 2011. During this time, Kamara had access to person identity information of foster children their families. Around 2008, he sold dates of birth, Social Security numbers and names of the victims to his co-defendants who operated a tax preparation business called Medmans Financial Services, according to court documents.
The co-defendants utilized the information to create false dependents on income tax returns of their clients. By doing this, the clients were able to claim the child tax credit, dependent care expenses and a tax exemption for each child. Some of the clients received in excess of $9,000 in returns.
Medmans Financial Services received $800 for each fraudulent return and Kamara received $200 to $300 for each stolen identity.
Between 2007 and 2010, the co-defendants filed 283 fraudulent tax returns, utilizing 321 stolen identities of foster children, resulting in a loss of about $1,191,093.72.