City man found guilty of filing false tax returns

August 20, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Baltimore man who used fake names to file 169 fraudulent state income tax returns for tax years 2002 and 2003 was found guilty of felony theft and providing false information to the Maryland state comptroller in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court yesterday.

Mark Givens, 37, formerly of Annapolis Road, was sentenced to two concurrent 18-month sentences. He faces five years' supervised probation upon his release and must pay more than $25,000 to the comptroller's office. Givens has been incarcerated since his arrest May 21 in Harrisburg, Pa.

Between February and April last year, Givens used public library computers to electronically file 56 fraudulent state income tax returns for tax year 2002, requesting refunds worth $14,970. The comptroller's office intercepted most of the fake returns, but Givens received $5,087.

In January, Givens electronically filed 113 additional fraudulent tax returns. This time, Givens received $11,586 in refunds, money that was deposited in various Internet debit and credit card accounts. Givens used fictitious names such as Austin Powers and Benedict Arnold to open the accounts.

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