Swansea Women Plead Guilty to Fraud and Filing False Tax Returns
Darcus Richardson-Ward and Angela Williams, each 37, each formerly from Swansea, IL, but now residing in Lenexa, Kansas, pled guilty today in federal court to 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 maximum penalty on conspiracy is five years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and not more than three years' supervised release. The maximum penalty on each count of false filing is three years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and not more than one year supervised release. Sentencing is set for December 21, 2012.
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 Michael J. Quinley.
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.