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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS

STEPHEN R. WIGGINTON UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

Nine Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208 402 West Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812

For Immediate Release Public Information Officer December 13, 2010 FAUSA Randy G. Massey (618) 628-3700

FOUR PLEAD GUILTY TO FILING FALSE TAX RETURNS

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorneyfor the Southern District of Illinois, announced

today that on December 10, 2010, the following individuals each entered a plea of guilty to a

separate Indictment charging Filing a False Tax Return:

LATISHA HYSTER age 35, of Granite City, Illinois
BRENDA HYSTER
, age 42, of Alorton, Illinois
SHENIKA WAGONER, age 30, of Cahokia, Illinois
GWENDOLYN TAYLOR, age 43, of Cahokia, Illinois

The offenses each carry a maximum possible punishment of up to three (3) years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, restitution and up to one (1) year supervised release. As part of the pleas in each of the cases, the Defendants admitted to supplying false wage information on a 2008 federal income tax return and to using a false W-2 to fraudulently obtain a tax refund. All four are currently schedule to be sentenced on March 18, 2011.

The successful prosecutions are the result of investigations conducted by the Internal RevenueService/Criminal Investigations. The prosecution of the cases is beinghandled byAssistant

U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith.

Ifyoususpectorknowofanindividualorcompanythatisnotcomplying withthetax laws,you mayreportthisactivitybycontacting the localInternalRevenue Service/CriminalInvestigation Officeat(618)622-2160 orbymailinginformationto: InternalRevenueService,Fresno,CA 93888

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