FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY - April 4, 2008
FOUR INDICTED FOR INCOME TAX FRAUD
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that on March 19, 2008, a federal Grand Jury returned a 45-count Criminal Indictment charging PAMELA D. EVANS, 33; GWENDOLYN P. EVANS, 49; TASHA BATTLE, 28; and BERTHA BATTLE, 28, all of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, with conspiracy to defraud the United States by obtaining fraudulent claims from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 286, and making false, fictitious or fraudulent claims against the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 287. The Indictment was unsealed April 2, 2008.The Indictment alleges that from January, 2004, to April 15, 2004, the defendants, while employees of Independent Tax Service located in Rocky Mount, North Carolina conspired to make, and did make, false claims for refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) by filing or causing others to file false 2003 federal income tax returns. It is alleged that the defendants inflated wages and/or withholdings and listed false dependants and/or false dependant information to qualify clients for the head of household filing status and earned income credit in IRS Forms 1040 and 1040A individual tax returns. It is further alleged the defendants sold fraudulent dependent information to some clients so they would qualify for a larger refund and claimed education credits their clients were not entitled to claim.
“As another year’s tax deadline rapidly approaches, please heed the lesson of this case: knowingly falsifying documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service is a criminal act, and once found, will be prosecuted. Do not allow yourself to be sucked into such schemes,” warned Mr. Holding.
“We are seeing a growing number of these blatant attempts to defraud the government. Internal Revenue Service criminal investigators are working actively with United States Attorney’s Offices across the country to put an end to these abuses. We caution taxpayers who are approached about these types of scams. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” stated Internal Revenue Service Special Agent In Charge of the Charlotte Field Office Charles E. Hunter.
The maximum penalty faced by the defendants for conspiracy to defraud the government is 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release following the term of imprisonment. For the charge of false, fictitious or fraudulent claims, the maximum penalty is 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division. Assistant United States Attorney Yvonne Watford-McKinney is serving as prosecutor for the government.
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