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Lamar, MS Woman Pleads Guilty to Knowingly Preparing and
Transmitting Fraudulent and Material Information to the IRS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2010

OXFORD, Miss. – William C. Martin, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and Special Agent in Charge Michael J. De Palma, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, New Orleans Field Office, announced that:

Sheanika Faulkner of Lamar, Mississippi, entered a change of plea on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, before United States District Judge W. Allen Pepper, in Greenville, Mississippi. Faulkner pled guilty to Count One of an Indictment, charging her with knowingly preparing and transmitting fraudulent and material information to the IRS.

Faulkner was released on bond pending sentencing, which will take place following the completion of a presentence report. At sentencing, she faces a maximum possible penalty of five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.

Michael J. De Palma, Special Agent in Charge of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, stated, “We are pleased with today’s announcement. The tax system is built on the premise that taxpayers file accurate and timely tax returns. Filing a false claim for refund with the government is a serious crime, punishable under Federal law. To ensure confidence in our tax system, Special Agents of IRS Criminal Investigation are committed to the aggressive pursuit and prosecution of individuals who intentionally violate the nation’s tax laws.”

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation in the Oxford, Mississippi, office and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert W. Coleman II.

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