Sleuths in the D.A.'s Special Investigations Unit and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General began to look into the stolen-identity scam two years ago.
Davidson allegedly relied on Yvonne Williams, Ahmad Gray and Cardell Jackson to provide the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of friends; an intermediary created fake W-2 forms that Davidson then used to file bogus tax returns and get refunds that were converted into debit or prepaid cards, according to the D.A.'s office. Each participant then took a cut of the refund as payment. In all, they scammed 14 victims out of $16,000, said Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the D.A.'s office.
Davidson, of 25th Street near Berks in North Philadelphia, was charged with 104 felonies, including corrupt organization, forgery and theft. He faces a status hearing tomorrow. His co-defendants have not yet surrendered to police. Williams faces 63 felony charges; Gray, 29 felonies; Jackson, 25 felonies; and a fourth conspirator, Herbert Carter, eight.
Wendy Shaylor, a Graterford spokeswoman, said Davidson began working at Graterford in December 2007 and remains employed there. She declined to answer further questions, citing personnel privacy.
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