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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Coldwater Man Guilty of Mail Fraud

OXFORD, Miss. – Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering, and Jerome R. McDuffie, Acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation Division, New Orleans Field Office, announce that:

Eric Davis, 54, of Coldwater, Mississippi, was sentenced Thursday by United States District Judge Michael P. Mills in Oxford, Mississippi, to 70 months imprisonment for a mail fraud scheme that employed the personal identification information of state prisoners in Tennessee and Mississippi to file false tax returns.  His sentence is consecutive to a State of Mississippi sentence he is currently serving.  In addition, Davis was ordered to pay $223,245.19 in restitution to the United States Treasury, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

Davis pled guilty on June 5, 2014 to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341 and 1349.  “Mr. Davis will have a lengthy prison term to contemplate the consequences of his wrong doing,” said Jerome R. McDuffie, Acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation Division, New Orleans Field Office.  “I would additionally warn others who might consider this type of criminal behavior, that IRS-CI will not stand idly by and ignore these attempts to steal taxpayer dollars.  We will continue our diligent pursuit to seek prosecution of cases involving identity theft and tax fraud.”

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division and by Agents of the United States Postal Inspection Service and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Clay Joyner.

Updated February 3, 2015