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

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Metroeast Resident Pleads Guilty To Participating In Fraudulent Tax Refund Scheme

Lamarion Shanes, 33, from East St. Louis, pled guilty to two counts of making a false claim for a federal tax refund in submitting a false federal income tax return, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Shanes faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years, a fine of up to $500,000, and up to 3 years’ supervised and mandatory restitution. Shanes was indicted with three other metro east individuals for participating in a tax refund scheme. Sentencing has been set for July 10, 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 5, 2015