Teddy Gatamba sentenced to 81 months in federal prison for tax law violations.
Seem that Gatamba, a citizen of either Rwanda or Burundi, used the names of Grand Place Management, UST Tax Service, and Dendy Tax Service to obtain electronic filing identification numbers, obtained the names and social security numbers of numerous individuals and used that personal information to prepare false income tax returns, without the knowledge or consent of the individuals. Gatamba prepared the returns using bogus employer names and making bogus claims of overpayment of taxes, and then filed the returns electronically. Refund Anticipation Loans, in the form of checks and Refund Anticipation Value Cards, were issued, based on the false income tax returns, in the names of the individuals on the bogus tax returns. Gatamba and others cashed the checks and withdrew funds from ATMs using the Refund Anticipation Value Cards. Evidence presented at trial showed that there was an intended loss of more than $2 million.