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Man sentenced for filing fake tax returns worth $1.2 million

Man sentenced for filing fake tax returns worth $1.2 million

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta man has been sentenced to three years and six months in federal prison for filing fake tax returns and claiming $1.2 million in refunds.

Eugene Gibbons was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty last July to two counts of aiding and abetting. He must also pay nearly $1.3 million in restitution.

According to information presented in court, the 65 year old prepared the fake returns at C & M Tax Service from 2002 to 2009. He claimed false deductions, expenses and credits to get fraudulent refunds for his clients, then received fees from them.

Gibbons had been convicted of filing false federal tax returns at least once before and admitted that he continued to make the phony claims after being released from prison the first time.

Police release sketch of rape suspect

Police release sketch of rape suspect

ATLANTA -- Authorities are asking the public's help in identifying the man who forced a woman into an abandoned house on Forrest Hills Drive, where the victim was beaten and raped.

Police say the assault happened May 17 and say the victim was able to use the suspect's own knife to cut the right side of his neck. The suspect may currently have a scab or scar on his neck.

Police describe the suspect as a black male in his early 20s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and 175 pounds. The victim described her attacker as slightly muscular, with medium brown skin and a low Afro. He was wearing a black T-shirt, black pants and black shoes at the time of the attack. The attire was described as a possible work uniform.

The suspect may frequent the Travel Inn on Forrest Hills Drive and the City of East Point.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or contact the Atlanta Police Department.

Man robs Boost Mobile store

Man robs Boost Mobile store

EAST POINT, Ga. -- East Point Police are asking for the public's help identifying the man accused of robbing a Boost Mobile store last month.

The robbery happened at around 11:30 a.m. on Apr. 25 at the store on Cleveland Avenue.

East Point Police Lt. D.G. McCullough said the suspect robbed the store at gunpoint and then ran after receiving cash.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect, described as a young black man with his hair in dreadlocks. He was wearing a black baseball cap and a grey striped sweater with a hood.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information.

Anonymous tips can be left at crimestoppersatlanta.org.

Thieves use car to smash into Foot Locker

Thieves use car to smash into Foot Locker

ATLANTA -- Burglars used a car to smash into an Atlanta shoe store and steal merchandise early Monday.

The robbery happened shortly before 3 a.m. at the Foot Locker on Metropolitan Parkway.

Atlanta Police dispatchers said the thieves drove a Dodge Intrepid into the front of the store, breaking a window. They got into the store through the broken window.

Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon said store security video showed the suspects backing the Dodge into the store. About 15 suspects took clothing and shoes before escaping in a getaway car, which appeared to be a dark red Chevrolet pickup truck with a bright light bar on its back end.

The Dodge used in the robbery was reported stolen out of Clayton County, Lyon said. It was found abandoned in the Foot Locker parking lot.

Carjacking suspects wanted by police

Carjacking suspects wanted by police

EAST POINT, Ga. -- East Point Police are looking for two men suspected in a recent robbery and carjacking.

The suspects are accused of forcing at least one victim from a car at gunpoint on McClelland Avenue and then committing a robbery in Forest Park on Dec. 30, according to East Point Police Det. Sgt. Allyn Glover.

Both men were captured on surveillance video at a convenience store near the crime scene.

Anyone who can help identify the suspects is asked to call East Point Police at 404-761-2177.

14 year old pistol-whipped

14 year old pistol-whipped

ATLANTA -- A teenager was sent to the hospital after being hit in the face with a gun Wednesday morning.

Atlanta Police dispatchers said the 14-year-old victim, who was not identified, was pistol-whipped in his forehead and eye at the Golf Vista apartment complex on Cleveland Avenue.

He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

There was no immediate word on the teen's condition. Police have not yet named any suspects or said why they believe the victim was assaulted.

Aspiring artist found dead in parking lot

Aspiring artist found dead in parking lot

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have identified the body found in a parking lot on Christmas Eve as that of 18-year-old Joshua Ciscero Watson.

Dispatchers received an injury call at around 11:55 p.m. Monday, according to Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones. When investigators arrived at the scene, they found Watson dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Jones said Watson's body was discovered in the parking lot of Lakewood Discount Beauty Supply and Furniture on Lakewood Avenue, about a mile from the victim's home.

Watson had been heading home from his job at the Atlanta airport when he was robbed and killed, according to police.

The victim was a recent high school graduate and was putting together a portfolio in hopes of being accepted to art school.

Jones said no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named so far.