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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 31, 2017

Benicia Woman Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Sherrell Davis, 43, of Benicia, pleaded guilty today to submitting false claims for tax refunds, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, from February 2011 through May 2013, Davis repeatedly engaged in tax fraud by submitting fraudulent claims for tax refunds in the names of other people to the Internal Revenue Service. The tax returns used fraudulent W-2 tax forms from purported employers that reflected false wages and false withholdings in order to generate tax refunds to which the people listed on the returns were not entitled. The refunds sought also included amounts for tax credits to which the taxpayers were not entitled, including the Earned Income Credit, the American Opportunity Credit, and the Making Work Pay Credit. Davis submitted or assisted in the presentation of fraudulent tax returns seeking a total over $350,000 in tax refunds, of which at least $210,320 were paid out by the IRS.

This case is the product of an investigation by IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Christopher S. Hales is prosecuting the case.

Davis is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. on June 16, 2017. Davis faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Topic(s): 
Tax
Press Release Number: 
2:16-cr-072-GEB
Updated March 31, 2017