Macon men sentenced for tax fraud

Two Macon men were sentenced last week for defrauding the government out of tax money.

Stevie Davis, 40, and Walter Solomon Jr., 39, each pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to claims, said Sue McKinney, public affairs specialist with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Davis was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison. Solomon received two years.

According to McKinney, a co-defendant, Melvin Ward Jr., of Bibb County used names and Social Security numbers to make fake W-2 forms. Ward then had Davis and Solomon have the rebates deposited into their bank accounts, costing the IRS about $83,456 in false claims between 2003 and 2005.

Ward was sentenced in December to more than six years in prison.