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March 7, 2011

On March 4, 2011, Oireal Wagoner, age 26, of Centreville, Ill.-, entered a plea of guilty to an Indictment charging her with Making a False 2008 Federal Income Tax Return, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. As part of the plea, Wagoner 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. Sentencing is currently scheduled for June 10, 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.

The prosecution is part of a project to prosecute and deter federal tax fraud in the Southern District of Illinois. 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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