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MEDICAL CLINIC OFFICE MANAGER CHARGED WITH TAX FRAUD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 29, 2010

BIRMINGHAM – The federal indictment of a Dora woman for tax fraud at the medical clinic she managed and partly owned in Sumiton was unsealed today, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.

The October indictment charges that CAROL TWILLEY, 43, failed to truthfully account for and pay to the Internal Revenue Service the federal income taxes withheld and Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes due the United States on behalf of Horse Creek Family Medicine Inc. and its employees between November 2004 and January 2006.

The defendant faces up to five years in prison on each of the six tax fraud counts.

“Companies have obligations to the federal government, through the IRS, on behalf of their employees,” Vance said. “The criminal failure to accurately report these obligations and remit the appropriate payments to the IRS harms the U.S. Treasury and will be prosecuted,” she said.

This prosecution is part of President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. President Obama established the interagency task force to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. The task force includes representatives from a broad range of federal agencies, regulatory authorities, inspectors general, and state and local law enforcement who, working together, bring to bear a powerful array of criminal and civil enforcement resources. The task force is working to improve efforts across the federal executive branch, and with state and local partners, to investigate and prosecute significant financial crimes, ensure just and effective punishment for those who perpetrate financial crimes, combat discrimination in the lending and financial markets, and recover proceeds for victims of financial crimes.

The IRS investigated this case. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lloyd Peeples.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only charges.  A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

 

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