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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 20, 2015

Modesto Woman Sentenced For Tax Fraud Conspiracy

FRESNO, Calif. — Christine Rose Caraway, 34, of Modesto, was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to two and a half years in prison for conspiring to submit false claims to the IRS, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Caraway was also ordered to pay over $60,000 in restitution to the IRS.

According to court documents, from December 2010 to May 2011, Caraway and her former spouse Heath Lee Roberson obtained personal identifying information from over 40 individuals. Caraway and Roberson then used this information to generate false tax returns and submitted them to the IRS. They funneled the tax refunds into accounts they controlled. Roberson was sentenced on July 21, 2014, to two years and nine months in prison.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Michael G. Tierney prosecuted the case.

Docket #: 1:13-cr-342 AWI

Updated April 30, 2015