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ST. LOUIS WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
MAKING A FALSE 2008 FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced
today that on February 23, 2011, SHARLYNTHIA CHATT, age 26 of St. Louis, Missouri entered a
plea of guilty to an Indictment charging her with Making a False 2008 Federal Income Tax Return.
Sentencing is currently scheduled for Friday, May 27, 2011, in U.S. District Court, in East St. Louis.
The offense of Making a False Federal Income Tax Return carries a maximum potential 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 plea, CHATT admitted to making a false 2008 federal income tax return in order
to obtain a fraudulent federal income tax refund that was based on falsified W-2 earnings.

The prosecution in this case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue
Service/Criminal Investigations. The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant
U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith.

If you suspect or know of an individual or company that is not complying with the tax
laws, you may report this activity by contacting the local Internal Revenue Service/Criminal
Investigation Office at (618) 622-2160 or by mailing information to: Internal Revenue Service,
Fresno, CA 93888.

 

 

 

 

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