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Two plead guilty in tax fraud case

The largest false tax claims case ever prosecuted in Missouri yielded two more guilty pleas Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.

Robert E. Morris, 66, of Rocklin, Calif., and Earl Lee Davis, 53, of Monroe, La., pleaded guilty to their roles in a tax fraud conspiracy that allegedly aimed to collect nearly $100 million in fraudulent refunds from the IRS.

Morris and Davis admitted they participated in a conspiracy that began in 2008 and ended with the indictment of 14 defendants in September 2011. Conspirators received more than $3.5 million of the total $96 million in attempted fraudulent refunds, authorities said.

Two co-defendants previously pleaded guilty in the case: John V. Perdido, 56, of Temecula, Calif., and Jennifer S. Wilson, 35, of Cumming, Ga.

Morris and Davis face up to 10 years in prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and restitution payments.

| The Star

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