August 19, 2004
SCAMMER FOUND GUILTY OF FELONY THEFT
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. and State Comptroller William
Donald Schaefer jointly announced today that Mark Givens,37,
who formerly resided at 2009 Annapolis Road, Baltimore, was found
guilty of felony theft and providing false information to the
Comptroller, by the Honorable Joseph P. Manck, Circuit Court
for Anne Arundel County. The convictions stem from his filing
of 169 fraudulent Maryland State income tax returns for tax years
2002 and 2003 in two separate incidents.
has been incarcerated since his arrest in Harrisburg, PA on May
21,2004 was sentenced to two concurrent 18 month sentences.
He was also placed on 5 years supervised probation upon his release
and ordered to pay over $25,000 to the Comptroller’s Office.
and April 20, 2003, Givens filed 56 fraudulent Maryland state
income tax returns for tax year 2002, requesting
refunds totaling $14,970.00 of which he received $5,087.00 in stolen
refund monies with 42 of the 56 returns intercepted by the Comptroller.
He filed the electronic tax returns from City and County public
library branches using the Comptroller’s internet ifile program,
using fictitious taxpayer and W2 information. All of the stolen
refund monies were direct deposited in a Provident Bank account
in his name.
While pending trial on the charges stemming from the 56 false
returns, Givens began filing additional fraudulent state income
tax returns this past January for tax year 2003. He filed 113 fraudulent
electronic ifile state income tax returns for which he received
$23,151.00 in stolen refund monies, using the same scheme that
he employed in the first case. The Comptroller intercepted another
$11,565.00 in refund monies.
In the second incident, Givens directed that the stolen refund
monies be electronically transferred into 25 online internet debit/credit
card accounts with Netspend, an internet financial institution.
The accounts were opened with fictitious names, and many were the
same as he used on the fraudulent returns in the first case, such
as Richard Scurry, Ronald Allen, Dana Alexander, Austin Powers
and Benedict Arnold. Out of 25 accounts that he opened, 19 of the
account holders shared the same date of birth, 2/13/74. Many of
the 25 separate account holders shared a common street address.
The case was
referred by the Comptroller’s Office, and investigated
and prosecuted by the Maryland State Police and the Office of the
Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division.