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Maryland Resident Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Returns

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

Adean Wells, of Silver Spring, Md., pleaded guilty today to filing two false individual income tax returns before Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.


Adean Wells pleaded guilty to filing false individual income tax returns (IRS Forms 1040) for tax years 2006 and 2007. According to admissions made in court, Wells, a retired federal employee, failed to report approximately $900,000 in consulting income she earned during the prosecution years. Judge Hogan scheduled the sentencing hearing for Dec. 5, 2012 . Wells faces a maximum potential sentence of three years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 for each count, and could be ordered to pay restitution to the IRS.


The case was investigated by special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant Chief Karen Kelly of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

Updated September 15, 2014

Press Release Number: 12-939