September 12, 2017
Another co-conspirator has been found guilty in an area scheme in which postal workers assisted in filing and collecting fraudulent tax returns involving millions of dollars.
A Columbus jury found former postal worker Harold Coley guilty on federal charges of conspiring to steal identities, mail fraud and mail embezzlement.
U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land set Coley’s sentencing for Dec. 19.
Authorities said Coley, 52, worked a Columbus mail route. In 2012, Keshia Lanier recruited him to collect addresses she used to file false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. Some of the addresses were fabricated, and others were for vacant buildings, investigators said.
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