NOVEMBER 28, 2001
Virginia B. Evans
(410) 209-4885


Greenbelt, MD - United States Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio, Vicki Duane, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Lynne A. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Robert Brickley, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Housing and Urban Development-Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG), announced today that Anthony Deal, 32, of Mitchellville, was sentenced by United States District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. to thirty-three months imprisonment and a three-year period of supervised release, a condition of which is that the defendant pay restitution in the amount of $348,439 and meet his civil tax obligations. Mr. Deal pleaded guilty in July, 2001 to a Criminal Information charging him with 1 count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, 3 counts of failure to file tax returns, and 4 counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false income tax returns.

According to the Statement of Facts made part of Mr. Deal's plea agreement, beginning in 1993, Anthony Deal was self-employed as a tax return preparer and real estate salesperson, operating a business called Prime Group Benefits Association in Largo. Deal admitted that he did not file his federal income tax returns for calendar years 1995, 1996 and 1997, resulting in more than $17,000 in taxes owed to the government. In addition, Deal prepared and filed false federal income tax returns for clients of his tax preparation business for calendar years 1994 through 1997, claiming false business losses, childcare credits, and a false real estate tax deduction on the clients' returns. According to the Statement of Facts, Deal prepared false returns for at least 11 clients, resulting in more than $30,000 due and owing to the IRS.

Also according to the Statement of Facts, in 1998 Anthony Deal began working for Deal Real Estate, Inc., a brokerage firm. In this capacity, Anthony Deal conducted numerous property sales using false and fraudulent information. Specifically, Deal admitted that he submitted false and misleading documentation, including false verification of employment, wage statements and gift letters, so that an otherwise unqualified borrower could qualify for a loan insured through the FHA Mortgage Insurance Program. To date, HUD has identified 36 loans, totaling more than $5 million, that would not have been insured by HUD had the correct information been submitted by Deal.

This case was investigated by Special Agents from IRS-Criminal Investigation, FBI and HUD-OIG. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Wilkinson.