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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hamburg Woman Indicted on Fraud and Tax Charges

BUFFALO, N.Y.–U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a
federal grand jury in Buffalo returned a 17 count indictment charging Sheri L. Becirovic,
46, of Hamburg, N.Y., with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to file
fraudulent tax returns, filing a fraudulent tax return, misuse of social security numbers,
and aggravated identity theft. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years, a
mandatory minimum of two years for each aggravated identity theft conviction, and a fine
of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Trini E. Ross, who is handling the case, stated that according to the
indictment, the defendant obtained the social security numbers of seven family members
and friends. Becirovic provided those numbers to a co-conspirator who used them to file
fraudulent tax returns for the tax year 2011.

The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the United States
Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Kevin M. Niland, and
the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, under the direction of Special
Agent in Charge Toni Weirauch.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and
the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.