WASHINGTON – Eric Bernard Caldwell, a resident of Montgomery County, Ala., pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. The guilty plea took place before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles S. Coody in the U.S. District Court in Montgomery, Ala.
According to the indictment and other court documents, Caldwell was part of a conspiracy to file false federal tax returns using stolen identities. Caldwell would provide identity information to co-conspirator Ora Mae Adamson, who would file the returns, in exchange for a portion of the illicit refunds generated by the false tax returns. In all, the conspiracy defrauded the United States of $621,738.
Adamson pleaded guilty to conspiracy and identity theft charges and was sentenced to 46 months in prison on March 10, 2011. Another co-conspirator, Jeffrey Leon Ceaser, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy and identity theft charges and was sentenced to 36 months in prison on March 2, 2011.
The case was investigated by Special Agents of the IRS – Criminal Investigation. Trial attorneys Jason H. Poole and Michael Boteler of the Justice Department’s Tax Division are prosecuting the case.
Additional information about the Justice Department’s Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found at www.justice.gov/tax .