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Yonkers Resident Pleads Guilty To Impersonating An IRS Officer In Furtherance Of A Fraudulent Tax Refund Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday July 12, 2012

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JARED BREWTON pled guilty in White Plains federal court to a six-count Indictment yesterday charging him with a fraudulent tax refund scheme involving identity theft, subscribing to false and fraudulent tax returns, and impersonating an IRS employee and a New York State Department of Labor official.  BREWTON pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Vincent L. Briccetti.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Jared Brewton victimized the people whose identities he stole
and the IRS through his fraudulent tax scheme. Making his scheme all the more audacious, he did it by impersonating an IRS official on multiple occasions.  And while he may have avoided paying taxes and received refunds he was not owed, he will not avoid paying for his crimes.” 

According to the Indictment unsealed January 26, 2012, and statements made at yesterday’s proceeding: 

From 2006 through 2010, BREWTON, 27, of Yonkers, New York, devised and executed a scheme to obtain false and fraudulent tax refunds from the IRS.  He carried out this scheme by preparing and submitting to the IRS various federal income tax returns – in his own name and in the names of others – that falsely and fraudulently inflated income and withholding taxes.  For example, BREWTON falsely reported that his wages for calendar year 2006 were $783,981 and that $359,750 in taxes had been withheld by his employers.  BREWTON also fraudulently obtained tax refunds in other people’s names by, among other means, stealing their identities, and then filing fraudulent tax returns in their names, directing that the resulting refunds be sent to his address. 

To further the scheme, BREWTON posed as someone affiliated with the New York State Department of Labor in order to persuade a taxpayer to provide him with the taxpayer’s name, date of birth, and Social Security number.  On multiple other occasions, BREWTON posed as an employee of the IRS claiming to be an “Audit Group Representative” named “Susan Waters.”

BREWTON is scheduled to be sentenced on October 30, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. by Judge Briccetti, and he faces a maximum term of 34 years in prison.

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Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding investigative work of the New York Field Office of the Criminal Investigation of the Internal Revenue Service, and the office of the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

This case is being handled by the Office's White Plains Division.  Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. Collins, Jr. is in charge of the prosecution.

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