Louisiana Man Sentenced to Prison for his Role in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme
A former resident of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana was sentenced today to 50 months in prison for conspiring to defraud the United States, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser of the Eastern District of Louisiana.
According to court documents, Aaron Daniels conspired with others to defraud the United States by submitting false tax returns that requested fraudulent tax refunds. Daniels obtained the names and social security numbers of people he was incarcerated with in the East Carroll Detention Center and provided that information to his co-conspirators to use to file false tax returns. In exchange for providing names and social security numbers, Daniels was paid by his co-conspirators.
In addition to the term of imprisonment imposed, the court ordered Daniels to serve three years of supervised release, and pay $11,584 in restitution to the IRS.
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Strasser commended special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who investigated the case, and Trial Attorney Lauren Castaldi of the Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Hayden Brockett, who prosecuted the case.
Additional information about the Tax Division’s enforcement efforts can be found on the division’s website.