Swansea Women Sentenced in Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and Filing False Tax Returns
Darcus Richardson-Ward, 36, and Angela Williams, 37, each formerly from Swansea, IL, but now residing in Lenexa, Kansas, were sentenced in federal district court in East St. Louis for conspiracy to defraud the United States and several counts of filing false federal income tax returns, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced.
The court sentenced Richardson-Ward to serve 18 months’ imprisonment and Angela Williams to 13 months’ imprisonment. Before sentencing the defendants to imprisonment, the court stressed the need for the sentence to deter tax fraud and to deter other individuals who do not respect the law. Both women were ordered to serve three years of supervised release, and to pay special assessments of $1,300 and $300, respectively. Furthermore, the court ordered the women to pay criminal restitution in the amount of $87,113.
“Tax cheats steal from every honest citizen in Southern Illinois. As I have said before, I will not tolerate these thefts and I will use the power of my office to appropriately punish those who steal from us.” said United States Attorney Wigginton.
“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 tax refund claims," stated Mary Hammond, Acting Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation. "The object of these schemes is to defraud the government and the taxpaying public.”
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 Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael J. Quinley and William E. Coonan.
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.