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Gaffney man pleads guilty to stealing more than $200K in government funds

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United States Attorney Beth Drake said Thursday that a Gaffney man pleaded guilty to federal charges for filing bogus tax returns and collecting more than $220,000 in fraudulent returns.

James Littlejohn, age 66, of Gaffney, South Carolina, pled guilty to two counts of theft of United States government funds.

 In February 2013, Littlejohn submitted two 1040 tax returns to the IRS bearing his name, address and Social Security number. 

Both returns showed large incomes with various deductions and credits entitling Littlejohn to large refunds. He was issued refund checks for $98,261.44 and $122,696.56. 

Littlejohn cashed the checks and used the money.

Drake said investigators later learned that the tax returns were bogus

A sentence has not yet been handed down, but Littlejohn may face up to 10 years and a fine of $250,000 on each count.

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