Tyson L. Mcbride Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on October 6, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, TYSON L. McBRIDE, a 28-year-old resident of Miles City, pled guilty to making a false claim, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Sentencing has been set for January 5, 2011.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Lahr, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
Between February 13, 2006, and February 26, 2009, McBRIDE electronically filed multiple false tax returns with the IRS claiming refunds based on fictitious gambling winnings. McBRIDE accessed the Internet from his home computer in Miles City and utilized Express Tax Refund to complete the filings with the IRS. IRS witnesses would have testified to the amounts of the refund payments made as a result of the false filings.
McBRIDE admitted to filing the false tax returns between February 13, 2006, and February 26, 2009, including a return filed on February 9, 2007, in the name of Ty L. McBride; a return filed on January 24, 2008, in the name of Tyson L. McBride; and a return filed on February 26, 2009, in the name of Kyle T. McBride. McBRIDE further admitted that he did not have any gambling winnings during the tax years covered by the false tax returns. He admitted that he used his home computer to file the returns electronically with the IRS and that he utilized the Internet services of Express Tax Refund to complete the filings. McBRIDE purchased two identical 2007 Yamaha motorcycles with tax refund proceeds he received based on the false federal income tax returns he filed with the IRS.
McBRIDE faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. In addition, McBRIDE faces an additional mandatory two year imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, for aggravated identity theft.
The investigation was conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.