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Defendant Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud Conspiracy

April 29, 2011

Montgomery, Alabama - Lakecia Motley, 31, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to submit fraudulent income tax returns, United States Attorney Leura G. Canary announced today.

Motley admitted to United States Magistrate Judge Susan R. Walker that in 2005, 2006 and 2007, she and her co-conspirators used stolen identities to create and submit to the IRS false tax returns. The conspiracy involved false returns of more than $400,000 in the year 2006 alone. A date for Motley’s sentencing has not yet been set.

Title 18, United States Code, Section 286 makes it a crime for any person to enter into any agreement with another to defraud any agency of the United States by obtaining the payment of any false claim. The maximum penalty for a violation of that provision is ten years in federal prison, along with a fine of up to $250,000.

United States Attorney Leura G. Canary stated, “It is important that we vigorously prosecute those who use stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns. Not only is the government defrauded of a significant amount of money, but the victims involved suffer greatly when their identities are stolen and used in this manner.”

This investigation was conducted by Special Agents of IRS Criminal Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jared H. Morris.


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