filing false tax return

A federal judge sentenced a St. Louis-area man to four years in prison after his tax return scam netted nearly $900,000.

Babatunde Olusegun Taiwo and others used personal information from school district employees in Alabama and Mississippi. They obtained some of this from a data breach at a payroll company, according to federal prosecutors. Overall, they filed more than 2,000 fraudulent tax returns claiming more than $12 million in refunds. The IRS paid about $890,000. Taiwo agreed to a plea deal in Sepember.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A one-time west Alabama sheriff is due in court to find out whether he must go to federal prison for fraud.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled Monday in Birmingham for former Pickens County sheriff David Abston.

The Tuscaloosa News reports Abston could receive 20 years in prison. But prosecutors have said they’ll accept less because Abston accepted responsibility and agreed to pay about $51,000 in restitution.