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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Indictments: Tax Preparers In KCK, Wichita Filed False Income Tax Returns

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A woman from Kansas City, Kan., has been charged with preparing fraudulent federal income tax returns for 13 people, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Kelly N. Kittrell, 42, is charged with 13 counts of preparing false and fraudulent income tax returns on forms 1040A and 1040 EZ for other taxpayers. The indictment alleges she falsified information about wages earned, amounts withheld and dependents claimed.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. IRS - Criminal Investigation investigated. Justice Department Tax Division Trial Attorney Matthew Kluge and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask are prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

Lata L. Tomlinson, 33, Wichita, Kan., is charged in a superseding indictment with 19 counts of preparing false federal income tax returns for a total of 17 people during tax years 2007, 2008 and 2009. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in Sedgwick County, Kan.

Tomlinson initially was charged in an indictment filed in March 2012 in U.S. District Court in Wichita.

The superseding indictment alleges she falsely stated deductions for depreciation, home improvements, business repairs, contract labor, legal fees, home repairs, medical expenses, advertising, insurance, car and truck expenses, hay and grain expenses, cell phones and care of dependents.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and a fine up to $100,000 on each count. IRS - Criminal Investigation investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.

Jose Del Refugio Sanchez, 23, who is in federal custody in California, and Anabel Sanchez, 33, De Soto, Kan., are charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In addition, Anabel Sanchez is charged with maintaining a residence in De Soto, Kan., in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of making false statements to the Drug Enforcement Administration; and Jose Sanchez is charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred during 2012 in De Soto, Kan.

The indictment alleges the defendants conspired with Leslie Kingsley II, Kristy Sherley, Tino Soriano and others to distribute methamphetamine. Those defendants were indicted in 2012.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Conspiracy: Not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $4 million.
Maintaining a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $500,000.
Distributing methamphetamine: Not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $4 million.
Making a false statement: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken is prosecuting.

James Scott Nickerson, 36, Fort Riley, Kan., is charged with one count of theft of public money, one count of Social Security disability fraud, three counts of wire fraud and three counts of making false statements to the Social Security Administration. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2009, 2010 and 2011 in Fort Riley, Kan.

The indictment alleges Nickerson defrauded the Social Security Administration of approximately $71,734 in disability payments by concealing from the agency his true work activity while serving in the U.S. Army.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Theft of public funds: A maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Social Security disability fraud: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
Wire fraud: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Making a false statement: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

The Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey Alford is prosecuting.

Mauricio Matias, 32, a citizen of Mexico who has been living in Olathe, Kan., is charged with two counts of using false documents to be employed in the United States, two counts of making false statements to the government, two counts of misusing a Social Security number while employed at Aspen Lawn and Landscape in Olathe, and six counts of aggravated identity theft. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2004 and 2010.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Using false documents: A maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Making false statements to the government: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Misusing a Social Security number: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Aggravated identity theft: A mandatory two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

The Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.