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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 21, 2013

Three Mississippians Sentenced To Prison For Tax Fraud Conspiracy

Natchez, Miss – Stephanie Odoms, 44, of Hermanville, Howard Jackson, 52, of Hermanville, and Shandy Davis, 37, of Port Gibson, were sentenced to federal prison on charges related to a tax fraud conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Gabriel L. Grchan, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation New Orleans Field Office.


Stephanie Odoms was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit mail fraud.


Howard Jackson was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for structuring and evading financial transaction reporting reqirements.


Shandy Davis was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for structuring and evading financial transaction reporting reqirements.


Odoms and Jackson conspired to defraud the government by filing false income tax returns totaling more than $115,000. Davis, who worked as a teller at a bank in Port Gibson, Mississippi, cashed the refund checks for Odoms and Jackson.


This case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Harold Brittain.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of storm victims, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at:

(866) 720-5721

You can also fax information to:

(225) 334-4707

or e-mail it to:

disaster@leo.gov


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