philadelphia woman Charged in alleged tax scheme
Ruby Jones, 50, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was charged today by Information with conspiracy to defraud the United States with respect to claims, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.
According to the information, Jones conspired with Michael Akers, charged elsewhere, in an scheme involving fraudulent tax returns. It is alleged that approximately $229,000 was wired to Jones’ bank account from the Department of the Treasury based on false, fictitious and fraudulent tax returns. Akers allegedly filed tax returns electronically in the names of people who, for a cut of the proceeds, gave their consent, or of people whose identities he and others stole. According to the information, Akers initially filed a fraudulent Form 1040 for defendant Jones which was detected by the IRS. Jones was required to repay the money. Some years later, it is alleged that Akers again approached Jones and asked to permit him to have fraudulent refunds deposited into her bank account. Jones allegedly agreed to open a bank account for this purpose.
If convicted, Jones faces a maximum possible sentence of ten years’ imprisonment.
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, and the United States Secret Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Pamela Foa.
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