4 indicted in tax fraud: Each are charged with 3,736 counts
by Hilary Butschek
August 29, 2014 04:00 AM | 4044 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Four people were indicted Thursday in connection to a tax fraud scheme Cobb deputies spent more than a year investigating, said Kim Isaza, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

Each of the four are charged with 3,736 counts that include identity fraud, computer theft, computer forgery, burglary, evidence tampering, money laundering and racketeering, Isaza said.

According to the indictment, Shannon Jay Bradley, 35, Shelronda Kay Bingham, 44, Shanese Machelle Lewis, 42, and Risha Michelle Hardin, 36, are accused of using the identities of 1,859 people to steal their tax refunds in 2013. The indictment alleges the four stole more than $2 million.

The four are also accused of burglarizing five tax-preparation offices in Cobb, according to the indictment.

Bradley, Bingham and Lewis have been arrested, but Hardin has not, said Nancy Bodiford, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said he was proud of the indictment.

“It’s obviously a complicated case, given the number of victims, transactions and charges. I don’t know that Cobb County has ever seen a case with this many charges,” Reynolds said.

Isaza said John Melvin, the deputy chief assistant district attorney, will prosecute the case in front of Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben Green.

Sheriff Neil Warren said many agencies worked together to investigate the case, including the Georgia Department of Revenue, the Duluth and Dallas police departments and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.

“As a result of their hard work, the investigation resulted in the criminal indictments of four individuals and the seizure of numerous assets, including a condominium in Buckhead and more than $200,000 in cash,” Warren said.

The arraignment date for the case has not been set, Isaza said.

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