Three Defendants Charged In False Refund Scheme
SAN FRANCISCO – Three former bay area residents were charged last week by a federal grand jury with conspiring to file false claims with the IRS, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Marcus Williams.
According to the indictment Cyrinthia Gary, aka Cyrinthia Adams, Angela Pellette and Charmetra Urssery, all currently residing in Sacramento, conspired to file false federal income tax returns with the IRS. Gary, Pellette and Urssery are charged with using stolen identities on the false filings during 2008 and 2009. Gary was also charged with filing a false tax return in her own name.
Gary was arrested in Sacramento on July 17, and is in custody. Pellette and Urssery appeared in federal court in San Francisco yesterday and were ordered to return to court on July 23, 2012.
The maximum statutory penalty for conspiracy to file false claims, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 286 is ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum statutory penalty for filing a false claim, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 287 is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 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.
Michael G. Pitman and Thomas Newman are the Assistant U.S. Attorneys who are prosecuting the case with the assistance of Kathy Tat. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.
Please note, an indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.