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Woman Facing 21 Tax Fraud Charges

March 24, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, March 24, 2010, that Jamel R. Williams has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns and with filing false individual income tax returns for herself.

The 21‑count indictment named Williams as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Williams willfully aided and assisted in, and advised the preparation and presentation to the Internal Revenue Service of U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns of others, which bore false Schedule A itemized deductions, Schedule C business expenses, child and dependant care expenses, and un‑reimbursed employee business expenses.  She is also charged with filing false income tax returns related to her own income and expenses.  

Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Hull, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 63 years in prison, a fine of $5,250,000.00, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Internal Revenue Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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