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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2013

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today that a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Charleston, South Carolina, has returned the following indictments:

Beaufort Woman Indicted on Gun Charges
Alice Boland, age 28, of Beaufort, South Carolina, has been charged in a 4-count Indictment with making a false statement in order to purchase a firearm, illegally possessing a firearm because of her status as a person who had been previously committed to a mental institution or who had been adjudicated as mentally incompetent, possession of a firearm in a school zone and attempted discharge of a firearm in a school zone. Specifically, Count 1 alleges a violation of Title 18 United States Code, §922(a)(6) on February 1, 2012 (false statement made by purchaser in order to acquire a firearm). Count 2 alleges a violation of Title 18, United States Code, § 922(g)(4) (illegal possession of a firearm by a person previously committed to a mental institution and adjudicated as mentally incompetent). Count 3 alleges a violation of Title 18, United States Code, § 922(q)(2)(A) (possession of a firearm in a school zone). Count 4 alleges a violation of Title 18, United States Code, § 922(q)(3)(A) (attempted discharge of a firearm in a school zone).

The first two counts each carry a statutory penalty of a potential ten years imprisonment; a fine of $250,000.00; a term of supervised release of three (3) years; and a special assessment of $100.00. Counts 3 and 4 each carry a statutory penalty of a potential five years imprisonment; a fine of $100,000.00; a term of supervised release of one (1) year; and a special assessment of $25.00. Neither Count 3 nor Count 4 can be concurrent to any other term of imprisonment imposed as the result of a conviction for any other count.

The case was investigated by agents of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the City of Charleston Police Department and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Sean Kittrell of the Charleston office for prosecution.

Low Country Tax Preparers Indicted
Latasha Failey, age 29, of Goose Creek, and Latoya Windham, age 30, of Hanahan, were charged in a 21-count Indictment with Fraudulent Tax Return Preparation, a violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206. The maximum penalty that Failey and Windham could receive is 3 years imprisonment for each count of the Indictment. The case was investigated by agents of the Internal Revenue Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office for prosecution.

The United States Attorney further stated that all charges in these Indictments are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law

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