Man steals identities from the dead, commits fraud

Sirhon "Ron" Rivers of Georgia defrauded 17 states out of tax refunds using the stolen identities of dead people.

A Georgia man is admitting that he stole the identities of dead people to pilfer more than $2.3 million in tax refunds from several states, including Missouri.

40-year-old Sirhon "Ron" Rivers of Georgia pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Rivers admitted that he stole $547,000 from the Missouri Department of Revenue from 2008 to 2012 by filing fraudulent tax returns using personal information from dead people.

Rivers perpetrated this crime in at least 17 states, including Missouri, which netted him a total of more than $2.3 million in fraudulent state tax refunds.

Rivers will have to pay all the money back, and also faces the possibility of up to 60 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine of up to $1 million.