FLORIDA WOMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR IMPERSONATING IRS EMPLOYEES
BOSTON, Mass. - A Florida woman was sentenced late yesterday in federal court for engaging in a scheme to defraud CADlink Technology Corporation (CADlink), a software company with offices in Clinton, Mass.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Kevin J. McGlynn, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division, U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, announced today that BONNIE SHARRIT, 61, of Orlando, Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dennis Saylor to a year and a day in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Judge Saylor ordered that SHARRIT spend the first year of supervised release in home confinement, subject to electronic monitoring. The Judge also ordered her to pay $20,000 in restitution to CADlink.
On February 12, 2010, SHARRIT had entered a plea of “no contest” to three counts of impersonating a government official and 10 counts of wire fraud.
At the plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that between September and December 2003, SHARRIT engaged in a scheme to defraud CADlink, a Canadian-based company with offices in the Boston area, by billing the company for false and unnecessary services and expenses. SHARRIT accomplished her scheme to defraud by representing to CADlink that the company and its principals had tax problems resulting in the imposition of government liens and levies and that she could assist in the resolution of these matters based upon her status as a contract auditor for the Internal Revenue Service and her tax expertise. Through her false representations, SHARRIT induced CADlink to retain her services in order to resolve the alleged tax problems. SHARRIT prepared and sent to CADlink numerous fictitious documents purportedly prepared by various state and federal government agencies concerning the bogus tax issues, including the IRS, the Social Security Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. SHARRIT also prepared and sent numerous fictitious letters and e-mail messages in the names of purported IRS employees, through which she attempted to bolster her credibility with false representations regarding her educational and professional background and expertise.
As a result of her execution of this scheme, SHARRIT convinced CADlink to pay her $46,000, although the company was able to stop payment on some of its checks to her. SHARRIT neither performed any legitimate services for CADlink nor paid any of the money she received from the company to any government agencies on CADlink’s behalf.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Adam Bookbinder and Linda M. Ricci of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.