Alabama Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud and Identity Theft
WASHINGTON - Jeffery Leon Ceaser, a resident of Montgomery, Ala., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States and one count of identity theft, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. The guilty plea took place in U.S. District Court in Montgomery.
According to charging documents, between March 2009 and September 2009, Ceaser conspired with others to defraud the United States by filing 158 false federal income tax returns. Ceaser fraudulently obtained names and social security numbers of individuals, and provided that information to a co-conspirator who filed the false tax returns without authorization from the individuals. The tax returns falsely claimed the first-time home buyer’s tax credit and fuel tax credits. The refunds from the false returns were deposited into bank accounts controlled by Ceaser and other co-conspirators. In total, the IRS disbursed $621,738 in false tax refunds.
No sentencing date has been scheduled. Ceaser faces a maximum of 25 years in prison.
The case was investigated by Special Agents of the IRS, Criminal Investigation. Trial Attorneys Jason Poole and Michael Boteler of the Justice Department’s Tax Division are prosecuting the case.
More information about the Justice Department’s Tax Division and its enforcement efforts is available at www.usdoj.gov/tax.