Pittsburg Man Sentenced To 24 Months In Wide Spread Conspiracy To File False Claims
SAN FRANCISCO – Jason Moore was sentenced today to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay $78,959 in restitution for engaging in a conspiracy to file false claims with the Internal Revenue Service. In related cases, two other defendants, Taneshia Stephenson and Angela Littleton were charged with conspiracy to file false claims and filing a false claim, United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Marcus Williams announced.
Moore pleaded guilty on December 14, 2011, to conspiring to file false claims with the Internal Revenue Service. According to his plea agreement, in June 2010, Moore, aka John McCoy, obtained an Internet account in another person’s name that he used to file false tax returns. Moore conspired with other participants in the scheme to file false tax returns using the computer at his residence. The defendant then obtained fake identification to cash the fraudulent Treasury checks issued in the names of individuals whose identities had been stolen. During 2010, $194,307 in false claims were filed from his residence. As part of his plea, Moore agreed to repay the fraudulent claims that were issued.
According to court documents, on August 8, 2010, law enforcement searched Moore’s apartment. During the search, law enforcement found fake identification cards, false tax refund checks, notes on how to program magnetic strips on credit cards, and credit cards in others people’s names. Moore, 23, formerly of Pittsburg, Calif., was indicted on June 9, 2011, and pleaded guilty to conspiring to file a false claim against an agency of the United States.
The maximum statutory penalty for conspiracy to file false claims in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. § 286, is 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The maximum statutory penalty for each count of filing a false claim in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. § 287 is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
In a related case, Taneshia Stephenson, of Pittsburg, Calif., and Angela Littleton, of Athens, GA, were indicted on February 28, 2012. Stephenson was charged with conspiracy to file false claims and three counts of filing a false claim. Littleton was charged with conspiracy to file false claims. The Indictments allege that both defendants filed, or helped others file, false claims with the IRS requesting refunds in their own names or in the names of others. The false federal income tax returns were filed electronically with the IRS using identities through agreement or by illegal means.
Thomas Newman is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting these cases with the assistance of Kathy Tat. The prosecutions are the result of an investigation by the Pittsburg Police Department and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.
Please note, an indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, Ms. Stephenson and Ms. Littleton must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.