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Mother and Son from Sacramento Indicted for False Income Tax Return Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Sept. 28, 2023, a federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment against Dominic Davis, 38, and Sharitia Wright, 59, both of Sacramento, charging them with conspiring to obtain payment of false claims against the United States, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. 

The indictment also charges Davis with six counts of filing false claims against the United States and Wright with three counts of filing false claims. Wright is Davis’s mother. The indictment was unsealed following their arrests today.

According to court documents, between March 2019 and April 2022, Davis and Wright caused at least nine fraudulent income-tax returns to be filed with the IRS claiming more than $2 million in income tax refunds.

This case is the product of an investigation by IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas M. Fogg is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Davis and Wright each face a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for conspiracy to obtain payment of false claims count. The maximum penalty for each count of filing false claim against the United States is five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Any sentence, however, would 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. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated October 6, 2023