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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Belleville Resident Pleads Guilty To Participating In Fraudulent Tax Refund Scheme

Case Is Part of United States Attorney Wigginton’s Crack Down on Tax Fraud

Alicia Jackson, 40, from Belleville, pled guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States by making false claims for tax refunds to the Internal Revenue Service by submitting false federal income tax returns, and also pled guilty to two additional counts for making false claims for federal tax refund, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Alicia Jackson faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years, a fine of up to $250,000, up to 3 years’ supervised release after serving her sentence, and mandatory restitution. Her sentencing has been scheduled for June 12, 2015.

The prosecution is the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service/Criminal Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Norman R. Smith.

Updated March 3, 2015