West Palm Beach’s Tax King owner sentenced to more than 10 years

The owner of Tax King Inc. in West Palm Beach has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for charges related to fraudulent returns and stolen identities.

Corry E. Pearson, 28, of Riviera Beach was sentenced by U.S. District Court judge Beth Bloom to 124 months after prosecutors said he and accomplices filed at least 770 fraudulent returns for more than $5 million in refunds.

Pearson plans to appeal, said his attorney Ana Davide.

“He intends to vindicate himself,” she said.

Wednesday’s sentencing comes after years of fraud and ID theft that started in 2011, according to Benjamin G. Greenberg, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Michael J. DePalma, acting special agent in charge for the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigation unit.

In some cases, defendants stole identities and collected returns for themselves and tried to disguise control of the money, federal officials said. A number of returns involved false representations about gambling losses and education credits, according to authorities.

A restitution hearing has been set for July 13.

Co-defendant Stephane Cindy Anor, also known as Stephanie Anor, 28, of West Palm Beach, previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and was sentenced to 36 months in prison.  She worked as a tax preparer at Tax King.