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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Employee Pleads Guilty To Filing False Tax Documents

Orlando, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces today that Mary Jean Holzworth (63, Longwood) pleaded guilty to filing false tax documents. Holzworth faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison.

According to the plea agreement, while Holzworth worked for Fulfillment Partners, she embezzled $1,629,677. She made several purchases at high-end retail stores and bought high-end assets including a new Cadillac. She also used the embezzled funds to pay for gym memberships. When co-workers began to notice a change in Holzworth's lifestyle, she told them that she had an uncle in Germany who had passed away and left her an inheritance.

During the time Holzworth embezzled from Fulfillment Partners, she prepared and filed her own tax return for 2009 and reported only her W-2 wages and some interest. She did not report any embezzled funds. In an interview with the IRS, Holzworth admitted that she had prepared and signed a 2009 tax return under penalty of perjury. Holzworth admitted that she had filed the Form 1040 for tax year 2009 and knowingly failed to report the additional income from the theft on her tax return.

This case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tanya Davis Wilson.

Updated January 26, 2015