LAPLACE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO AIDING AND ASSISTING IN MAKING AND FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS
DEREK CAMPBELL, age 34, a resident of LaPlace, Louisiana, pled guilty yesterday to two counts of aiding and assisting in making and subscribing false tax returns, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten. The remaining defendant in the indictment, Shondrell Campbell is set for trial in February 2012 on the remaining counts in the indictment.
According to the indictment returned on April 7, 2011 by the federal grand jury, the CAMPBELLS operate Unlimited Tax Service in LaPlace. They were accused of conspiring to buy the identities of individuals who generally do not earn enough to file income tax returns. The illicitly purchased information was then used by SHONDRELL CAMPBELL to electronically file tax returns and steal the fraudulent refunds. SHONDRELL CAMPBELL is separately charged with eight (8) counts of aiding in the filing of tax returns which included intentionally falsified or inflated deductions, as well as the conspiracy.
DEREK CAMPBELL is set for sentencing in March of 2012.
The case was investigated by agents of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division and is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorneys Carter K. D. Guice, Jr. and Jordan Ginsberg of the Financial and Computer Crime Unit.
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