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Former Waterloo Woman Sentenced To Ten Months In Prison For Lying To The Grand Jury

May 3, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A woman who committed perjury before the grand jury in an effort to aid a friend who was being investigated for tax fraud was sentenced on April 30, 2012, to ten months’ in federal prison.

Denise Brown, age 25, from Fort Worth, Texas, received the prison term after a February 22, 2012 guilty plea to committing perjury before the grand jury.

In a plea agreement, Brown admitted she knew the grand jury was investigating whether her friend committed tax fraud by filing of false tax returns. The friend claimed she performed home decorating and other similar services for Brown, which, had it been true, would have supported certain tax deductions. It was not true. When called to testify before the grand jury, however, Brown falsely testified under oath that she had hired the friend.

Brown was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Brown was sentenced to ten months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. She must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Brown was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on a date to be determined by the Bureau of Prisons.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney C.J. Williams and investigated by the Internal Revenue Service.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR-11-166-LRR.



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