Alabama Man Indicted for Mutli-Year Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Conspiracy
Montgomery, Alabama - A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Nakia Jackson with conspiracy to file false tax returns, theft of public funds, and aggravated identity theft, announced Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Keneally of the Justice Department's Tax Division and U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama George L. Beck Jr.
According to the indictment, between January 2009 and March 2011, Jackson conspired with several individuals to file false tax returns using stolen identities. Jackson obtained many of the stolen identities from a state employee. He used those identities to file false tax returns and directed the tax refunds to several bank accounts. Jackson recruited individuals to open up bank accounts to receive the false refunds and directed them to withdrawal the false refund money. To assist in his conspiracy, Jackson recruited a bank teller to facilitate to deposit and withdrawal of the fraudulent tax refunds.
An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, Jackson faces a maximum potential sentence of 10 years in prison for the charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States and for each of the theft of government money counts, and a mandatory 2-year sentence for the aggravated identity theft counts. He is also subject to forfeiture, fines and mandatory restitution if convicted.
This case was investigated by special agents of IRS - Criminal Investigation. Trial Attorneys Charles M. Edgar, Jr. and Michael Boteler of the Justice Department’s Tax Division are prosecuting the case.
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