The manager of a local check-cashing store pleaded guilty to participating in a tax refund scam.
Marnay Love, 33, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy for her role in a scheme to file fraudulent income tax returns in order to claim tax refunds. Love admitted to assisting in the cashing of at least 43 refund checks totaling $84.090.
According to court documents, Love was a manager at ACE Cash Express located at 4175 Hamilton Avenue. She admitted to cashing checks under account names that did not match the name printed on the check. Love then pocketed a portion of the refund as a fee and game the remaining cash to co-conspirators.
In addition to Love, Ellis Scott, Bridgette Jones, Latasha Hampton and Dione Howard were indicted in January. Scott has been charged with one count of conspiracy to file false claims for federal income tax refunds with the IRS, 15 counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of public money, one count of possession of fifteen or more unauthorized access devices, and five counts of aggravated identity theft. Charges are pending against the other three suspects.
Conspiracy to defraud the IRS is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a find of up to $250,000 or twice the gain to the defendant of loss the victim and a mandatory term of supervised release of up to three years.
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