Lancaster Women Charged with Tax Fraud
Contact Person: DeWayne Pearson (803) 929-3000
Columbia, South Carolina ----- Aisha J. Craig, age 35, and Ebony N. Eddie, age 33, both of Lancaster, were charged in a 5-count Indictment with conspiracy to submit false claims, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 286, submitting false claims to the United States, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 287, aggravated identity theft, a violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 1028A, and mail fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341. The maximum penalty Craig and Eddie could receive is 22 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.
Jeannine Hammett, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation said, "This indictment, returned at the conclusion of filing season, is an important message for America's hardworking taxpayers who have no tolerance for those who make up their own rules. This investigation serves to remind us that there is no such thing as free money and there are no rewards or incentives for creativity when it comes to crime. IRS Criminal Investigation will not cease pursuing those who commit crimes against the United States and the American taxpayer." The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney T. DeWayne Pearson of the Columbia office for prosecution.