A Georgia man was convicted Thursday by a Mississippi jury of defrauding elderly blacks by charging them a fee to pursue tax credits and other phony reparations from the U.S. Treasury. Morris James Sr., president of the Montezuma, Ga.-based National Resource Information Center, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the 23 counts, reports the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
About 6,300 people nationwide lost money. The center claims to sell information to promote education, growth and success and to help enhance communities. James and his center defrauded victims of $431,000, a federal jury found. James appeared before church groups and other organizations and led people to believe they are entitled to money from the U.S. Treasury because of the Black Farmers Class Action lawsuit. He led blacks to believe they were entitled to refunds based on a Black Tax Rebellion, Black Heritage Tax or a Black Inheritance Tax credit, none of which is a legitimate government program.