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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 November 12, 2010 FAUSA Randy G. Massey (618) 628-3700

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS WOMAN SENTENCED FOR FINANCIAL CRIMES

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorneyfor the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Chevette D. Curry, now known as CHEVETTE D. GILL, age 36, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, to a term of one year imprisonment; 3 years supervised release; $300 special assessment; and restitution of $227,226.00 for filing a false tax return, making a false statement on an application for federal food stamp benefits, and for obtaining federal student loan benefits by fraud or false statement.

CHEVETTE D. GILL entered a plea of guilty on December 29, 2009, to a three-count information alleging that she participated in an investment scheme that defrauded three investors out of a total of $183,105. CHEVETTE D. GILL pled guilty for failing to disclose the existence of fraudulently obtained income on her income tax return for the 2007 tax year. CHEVETTE D. GILL admitted that from 2005-2007 that she underpaid her federal income taxes by $28,612. CHEVETTE

D. GILL also pled guilty to receiving federal food stamp benefits and federal student loan benefits for which she was ineligible because of the undisclosed income. By underreporting her income, CHEVETTE D. GILL received $12,571 in federal food stamp benefits and $2,938 in Federal Pell Grants for which she was ineligible.

The investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the Office of the Inspector General for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Illinois Securities Department, the U.S. Department of Education OIG/OI, and the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft.

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