FIVE INDIVIDUALS SENTENCED FOR FILING FALSE FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURNS
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that five Southern Illinois persons were sentenced on their convictions for filing false income tax returns. Latisha Hyster, 35, of Granite City, Illinois, Shenika Wagoner, 30, of Granite City, Illinois, Brenda Hyster, 43, of Alorton, Illinois, Antwayne Moore, 30 of Cahokia, Illinois, and Gwendolyn Taylor, 43 of Jennings, Missouri were sentenced for their convictions on separate Indictments charging Filing a False Tax Return. Latishsa Hyster was sentenced to three years probation, two months home detention, drug abuse treatment, mental health counseling and gambling counseling. Shenika Wagoner was sentenced to three years probation, three day’s intermittent confinement, six months home detention and drug abuse counseling and treatment. Brenda Hyster was sentenced to three years probation with mental health counseling and treatment. Antwayne Moore was sentenced to four years probation, four months home detention with mental health evaluation and treatment and substance abuse counseling and treatment. Gwendolyn Taylor was sentenced to three years probation. All of the defendants were ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service as well as to Illinois and Missouri Departments of Revenue for the amounts of fraudulent federal and state tax refunds. Each of the defendants was ordered to cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service in the ascertainment and collection of all income taxes due and to become due during their period of supervision.
The sentences and convictions are the result of each of the defendants having supplied false wage information on 2008 federal income tax returns and to having used false W-2's to fraudulently obtain tax refunds. United States Attorney Wigginton noted that: “Defrauding the United States and your fellow taxpayers is a game you should not play. You will be caught, you will be prosecuted, and you will pay your fair share of taxes owed. These prosecutions, and many more like them, are part of our initiative to prosecute and deter federal tax fraud in the Southern District of Illinois. People who cheat on their taxes defraud both the United States government and the truthful citizens of Southern Illinois.” IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Al Patton stated: “At the IRS, protecting taxpayer money is a matter we take extremely seriously. An integral part of the agency’s mission involves detecting and catching fraudulent refund claims. IRS Criminal Investigation Division is determined to stop these false tax refund schemes. The message of today’s sentencings and yesterday’s guilty pleas, is that participation in refund fraud schemes does not pay and we will quickly detect, investigate and vigorously prosecute those individuals involved in these schemes.”
The successful prosecutions are the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigations. The prosecution of the cases 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.