| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010
TDD (202) 514-1888
ALABAMA WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Ora Mae Adamson, a resident of Montgomery County, Ala., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States and one count of identity theft, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. Adamson pleaded guilty before federal Magistrate Judge Charles S. Coody in the U.S. District Court in Montgomery.
According to charging documents, between March 2009 and September 2009, Adamson conspired with others to defraud the United States by fraudulently obtaining the names and social security numbers of individuals, and filing false tax returns in these individuals’ names without authorization. The tax returns falsely claimed first-time homebuyer’s and fuel tax credits. As a result of Adamson’s scheme, the IRS disbursed a total of 158 false refunds. Adamson caused these refunds to be deposited into bank accounts she and her co-conspirators controlled. In all, the conspiracy defrauded the United States of $621,738.
Sentencing has not yet been scheduled. Adamson faces a maximum of 25 years in prison, three years of supervised release, restitution and a maximum fine of $500,000 or twice the loss resulting from her offenses.
John A. DiCicco, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, thanked the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama, IRS Criminal Investigation agents who investigated this case, as well as Tax Division trial attorneys Jason H. Poole and Michael Boteler, who prosecuted the case.
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