Four sentenced in fuel tax-credit scheme

By: ALBANY, Ga. (AP)
By: ALBANY, Ga. (AP)

Two former south Georgia tax preparers and a couple with a tree service and stump removal company have been sentenced in a tax-fraud scheme involving more than $5 million in phony credits for diesel fuel claimed for fictitious logging businesses.

U.S. Attorney Maxwell Wood says the ringleader, tax preparer Clinton "Basil" Hughes, formerly of Valdosta, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands in Albany to four years in prison. His ex-wife, Pamela Hughes, got two years, nine months, and both must pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Rodger and Robin Bennett of Lake Park, Ga., were sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay back the money they received from the IRS.

The four were among 11 defendants sentenced in the scheme.

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