Trio charged with conspiracy to make false claims
Three women were charged with conspiracy to make false claims and other charges for their roles in a scheme to file false and inflated income tax returns, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Sandra Mason, of Cleveland, was charged with one count of conspiracy to make false claims and 11 counts of making false claims.
Kenyada Spates, of Euclid, Ohio, was charged with one count of conspiracy to make false claims and nine counts of making false claims.
Latira Jackson, of Cleveland, was charged with one count of conspiracy to make false claims.
The indictment charges that from January 1, 2008 through March 2, 2010, Mason, Spates and Jackson conspired to make false claims by filing false income tax returns for claimants claiming inflated tax refunds.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to the case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The case is being presented by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Sassé after an investigation by agents of the Office of Inspector General for Tax Administration of the Department of the Treasury and by the agents of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service of the Department of the Treasury.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.