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Tennessee Man Arrested For Wire Fraud, Money Laundering, And Making A False Claim To The IRS

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the arrest of Clarence Christofer Ward, a/k/a Khaled Yaqud Mansur-El, on an indictment charging him with one count of wire fraud, ten counts of money laundering, and one count of making a false claim to the Internal Revenue Service. If convicted, Ward faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for the wire fraud offense, up to 10 years’ imprisonment for each count of money laundering, and 3 years in federal prison for the false claim offense, along with the forfeiture of at least $4,197,981, which represents the proceeds obtained from these offenses.

According to the indictment, between January 1, 2019, and February 22, 2021, Ward devised a scheme to defraud the IRS. As part of the scheme, he electronically submitted a false tax return to the IRS for a trust. Ward falsely reported that this trust had overpaid the IRS $4,159,229. He then received a $4,197,981.28 refund from the IRS based on the fraudulent representations he made on the tax return. Afterward, Ward used the refund money in transactions with title companies and a car dealership, including the purchase of four real properties in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

An indictment is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a federal criminal offense. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Hannah Nowalk.

Updated June 28, 2024

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