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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Former Army Employee at Redstone Indicted for Submitting False Tax Return

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted a former U.S. Army Contracting Command employee for submitting a false federal income tax return for 2013, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Veronica Hyman-Pillot.

 A one-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges that WILLIS EPPS, 61, of Madison, knowingly omitted $56,250 of income on a tax return he signed and submitted in April 2014 for the 2013 tax year. Epps, now retired, worked as a contracting official for the ACC at Redstone Arsenal, assigned to the Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project.

The maximum penalty for subscribing a false return is three years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

IRS-CI, in conjunction with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Department of Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Army Criminal Investigation Command and FBI, investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ramona C. Albin and Henry Cornelius are prosecuting the case.

An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

Updated February 18, 2016