United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Vallejo Woman Indicted in Tax Refund Scheme
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Thursday, October 4, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a 30-count indictment today charging Barbara Perry, 45, of Vallejo, with false claims on tax returns, identity theft, and bank fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to the indictment, Perry submitted tax returns in the names of 18 individuals in order to collect tax refunds. She also used closed bank accounts to fraudulently obtain money from a bank.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Michael D. Anderson is prosecuting the case.
Perry faces a maximum statutory penalty for false claims of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for identity theft is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and the maximum penalty for bank fraud is 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
The allegations in the indictment are mere accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.