Mother and Daughter Sentenced for Role in Scheme to Obtain Payment of False Claims for Tax Refunds from the IRS
AMARILLO, Texas — U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson sentenced Evelyn Jean Wells to 12 months and one day in federal prison, following her guilty plea in January 2012 to one count of false claims for refund and aiding and abetting. In addition, Judge Robinson ordered that Wells pay $100,360 in restitution and surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on May 14, 2012. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Wells’ daughter, Casandra Letriece Dean, pleaded guilty to the same offense and is currently serving a 21-month federal prison sentence. She was also ordered to pay $100,360 in restitution.
“The IRS, in partnership with the Department of Justice, will continue to doggedly pursue criminals who rob the U.S. Treasury by perpetrating fraudulent tax refund schemes,” said Andrea D. Whelan, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division’s Dallas Field Office. “The aggressive prosecution of these individuals is vital to maintaining public confidence in our tax system.”
According to the factual resumes filed in the case, Wells and her daughter, Dean, conspired to defraud the U.S. by participating in a scheme to falsely claim income tax refunds from the government by filing in their own names, and causing others to file, false federal income tax returns for tax years 2006, 2007 and 2008. They recruited family and friends to file these fraudulent income tax returns using their own names and social security numbers. Wells and Dean provided false W-2 Forms, containing fabricated employers’ names and fabricated amounts of tax withholdings for the individuals they recruited. These false W-2 Forms were used by commercial tax preparers to prepare false federal income tax returns which were electronically filed with the IRS on behalf of the individuals they had recruited to participate in the scheme.
The case was investigated by IRS - Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Christy L. Drake of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Amarillo, was in charge of the prosecution.
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