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Orange Park Woman Charged with Tax-Related Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April10, 2012

Jacksonville, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Shatraya Anatricia Watson (25, Orange Park) with conspiracy to file false claims for fraudulent federal income tax refunds. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

According to the indictment, Watson engaged in a conspiracy that used the identity of others, without their knowledge or permission, to file fraudulent federal income tax returns. She allegedly allowed her residence to be used by another person as a mail drop to receive IRS refund checks via the U.S. mail, and for her bank account to be used to receive tax refunds sent there by wire transfer.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the United States Secret Service. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kathleen O'Malley.

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