Memphis Resident Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud
Agrees to Pay $163,838.93 in Restitution
Memphis, TN – Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced
today that Andre Fields, of Memphis, Tennessee, has pled guilty to two counts of filing false claims
against the United States before U.S. District Judge S. Thomas Anderson. Fields faces a maximum penalty
of 10 years in prison and a fine of $500,000 when he is sentenced on April 14, 2011.
According to the Information filed with the court, Fields filed two 2007 federal tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for individuals whose identity he had stolen. Fields inserted fictitious
information on the tax returns, claiming refunds he was not entitled to receive. One return claimed a
refund of $4,716.00 and the other claimed a refund of $2,113.00. Both refunds were fraudulent.
As part of Fields’ plea agreement, he agreed to pay restitution to the United States for the full amount of the tax loss of $163,838.93 resulting from the false claims charged in the Information as well as other uncharged false claims he was responsible for creating as part of his scheme.
This investigation was conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John D. Fabian represented the government.
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