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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Alabama Resident Indicted in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme Claiming More than $1 Million in Fraudulent Refunds



An indictment was unsealed yesterday charging an Alabama man with multiple tax-related crimes, including one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, three counts of wire fraud, four counts of stealing U.S. Treasury funds and four counts of aggravated identity theft, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Department of Justice’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. of the Middle District of Alabama.

According to the allegations in the indictment, returned by a federal grand jury sitting in Montgomery, Alabama, Tavarious Jackson, of Montgomery County, Alabama, along with several co-conspirators, used stolen personal identification information to prepare and file false federal income tax returns.  From about February 2011 through April 2013, the conspirators filed more than 500 false returns that fraudulently claimed more than $1 million in tax refunds.

If convicted, Jackson faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for conspiracy, 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud, 10 years in prison for each count of stealing government funds and a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for aggravated identity theft.  Jackson also faces substantial monetary penalties and restitution.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Ciraolo and U.S. Attorney Beck Jr. commended special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who investigated the case, and Trial Attorneys Gregory Bailey and Robert Boudreau of the Tax Division and Assistant U. S. Attorney Jonathan Ross of the Middle District of Alabama, who are prosecuting this case.

An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed.  The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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