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United States of America v. Ellis Alance Banks
Case Number: 0:17-cr-00324-DSD-KMM
Judge: David S. Doty
Court: United States District Court for the District of Minnesota (Hennepin County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Michelle E Jones
Defendant's Attorney: Lisa Lopez
Minneapolis, MN - Brookyln Center Man Sentenced To 92 Months In Prision For Tax Fraud and Identity Theft
Defendant also ordered to pay over $1 million in restitution
United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of ELLIS ALANCE BANKS, 53, to 68 months for conspiracy to defraud the United States, and 24 months for aggravated identity theft, to be served consecutively. He was sentenced on November 7, 2018, by Senior Judge David S. Doty in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Judge Doty also ordered more than one million dollars in restitution.
ELLIS ALANCE BANKS, pleaded guilty on May 24, 2018. According to documents filed in court including BANKS’ guilty plea, from at least January 31, 2013 to at least May 28, 2016, BANKS defrauded the United States by filing over 250 false tax returns seeking $1.5 million in fraudulent tax refunds. Additionally, he obtained social security numbers, dates of birth, and other personal identifying information of individuals to use to file fraudulent income tax returns.
“Millions of hardworking Americans pay their taxes expecting that money to be used to fund the essential needs of Government,” stated IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Gabe Grchan. “Ellis Banks stole more than one million dollars from the pockets of our citizens and this sentence illustrates that there are consequences for exploiting others through fraud and deceit to steal from the United States Treasury.”
This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jones prosecuted the case.
ELLIS ALANCE BANKS, 53
Brooklyn Center, Minn.
Conspiracy to defraud the United States, 1 count
Aggravated identity theft, 1 count
92 months in prison
Three years supervised release
$1,001,999.49 in restitution
Outcome: Custody of the BOP for a term of 68 months; 3 years supervised release term; $100.00 special assessment