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Miramar Resident Convicted for Filing a False Tax Return

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2014

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Jose A. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), announce the conviction of defendant Erica Jacovia Bryant, 33, of Miramar, after a two day jury trial on charges of filing a false claim, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 287.

At sentencing, the defendant faces a maximum statutory sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 11, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in front of U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn in Ft. Lauderdale.

According to the indictment and evidence introduced in court, Bryant filed a false 2011 tax return that fraudulently sought a $110,859.00 tax refund. Based upon this fraudulent return and the information contained therein, Bryant obtained a $100,653.22 tax refund from the Internal Revenue Service, which was later utilized to purchase a 2013 Lincoln MKZ. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ was subsequently seized by the IRS for forfeiture.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Internal Revenue Service-CI Division. This case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Anton.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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