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Memphis Woman Sentenced On Tax Fraud Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2012

Memphis, TN – Aundria Bryant-Branch, age 38, of Memphis, Tennessee was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Jon P. McCalla, to serve 262 months in prison, to be followed by three years supervised release, announced Edward L. Stanton III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. Judge McCalla also ordered Bryant-Branch to pay restitution of $690,399 dollars to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

According to the indictment, Bryant-Branch orchestrated a tax refund scheme beginning in or about 2006 and continuing until approximately June 10, 2008. Bryant-Branch obtained stolen identification information and a stolen “Warrant Book” from the Memphis Police Department. This book listed individuals with outstanding arrest warrants. Bryant-Branch would give the stolen identification information to others, who then used it to prepare and electronically file false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) claiming refunds without the taxpayer’s knowledge. These fraudulent returns generated either refund checks from the IRS or Refund Anticipation Loan (RAL) checks from the Bank and Trust of Santa Barbara.

U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III said: “Because of her brazen criminal scheme, Bryant-Branch now faces a lengthy prison sentence and an order that she pay back almost $700,000 of what she stole. We will continue to work with the IRS to pursue, prosecute, and bring to justice those who steal from honest American taxpayers.”

This investigation was conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation. Parris Quon was the lead investigator. Assistant United States Attorney Stephen C. Parker represented the government.

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