Tangipahoa Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to File False Tax Returns Using Stolen Identities
A Tangipahoa Parish man pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans of the Eastern District of Louisiana and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division announced today.
According to the indictment, AARON DANIELS conspired with others to defraud the United States by submitting false tax returns that requested 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.
DANIELS is scheduled to be sentenced on August 22, 2018, before United States District Court Judge Martin L.C. Feldman. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison. He also could receive a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties at sentencing.
U.S. Attorney Evans and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney Richard E. Zuckerman commended special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service, who investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Hayden Brockett of the Eastern District of Louisiana and Trial Attorney Lauren Castaldi of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.