One of two men charged with tax fraud and identity theft in Kemper County made his initial appearances in court Monday.
35-year-old Don Darrell Price of Jackson and 41-year-old Timothy Benjamin Taylor of Dacula, Georgia, face charges related to attempts to file close to 500 fake W-2 forms for individuals for whom they presented bogus powers of attorney.
They were arrested after a sting operation that involved DeKalb police, the FBI and IRS.
"I apologize for what I did," said Price, when asked if he had anything to say as he was led into DeKalb Municipal Court just before noon.
Price was the only one of the two suspects to go before a judge Monday. The other suspect was in the hospital.
"He had extremely high blood pressure and it was advised by our nursing staff that we needed to transport him to a hospital," said Kemper County Sheriff James Moore. "And right now he's at a hospital with blood pressure problems. He's still in custody 24-7, with an armed guard."
Moore says Taylor was transported to a local hospital over the weekend. Once released, he will also make an initial appearance in DeKalb Municipal Court.
Both Taylor and Price are facing charges in what investigators call an elaborate tax fraud operation which, over the years, bilked unsuspecting taxpayers and the government out of almost $4 million.
"The FBI and IRS Criminal Investigations Unit are still investigating and there should be more future arrests," said DeKalb Police Chief Steven Jackson. "But at this time there haven't been any other arrests at this time."
A municipal judge informed Price during his initial appearance that he must remain in jail on hold for numerous federal charges that he is facing.
Cases against both are expected to be presented to a Kemper County grand jury in April.
A preliminary investigation indicated the alleged scam tool place over a period of ten years in at least four states.