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June 24, 2011

Sharlynthia Chatt, 26, of St. Louis, Mo. was sentenced on June 23, 201, in U.S. District Court, to 80 days of intermittent confinement as a condition of five years probation, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Chatt entered a plea of guilty on February 23, 2011, to an Indictment charging her with Making a False 2008 Federal Income Tax Return. 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. Chatt was ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service as a condition of probation. Under the terms of intermittent confinement Chatt will remain incarcerated at all times except for work and emergency medical care of her children.

“People who cheat our tax system steal from each and every one of us.” said United States Attorney Wigginton.

The prosecution in this case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigations. The prosecution of the case was 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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